Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16589 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.6.306.7947
  • Total Downloads:
    389,644,309
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    50,856
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review

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Lavasoft's Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ combines Bitdefender's advanced scanning technology with antispyware to provide you with top-of-the-line antivirus protection without system slowdowns.

Pros

Employs a trusted engine: Ad-Aware version 11 uses Bitdefender's highly rated antivirus engine alongside its trusted antispyware platform. If you already have a trusted antivirus app installed, Ad-Aware can be added as a second layer of security.

Light on memory: Ad-Aware goes easy on your system resources -- you can perform an active virus scan while surfing the Web.

Dependable detection: Ad-Aware's false-positive results are low, according to independent testers AV-Comparatives and AV-Test.

Remains out of sight: The antivirus suite stays mostly out of your way during daily use, with minor notifications here and there to alert you of suspicious activity. Game mode temporarily turns of all notifications so you can play without interruption.

Cons

Lower real-world performance: AV-Comparatives' preliminary tests found that Lavasoft's protection rate has recently slipped in ranking. Due to its nonproprietary detection engine, Ad-Aware is always a little behind on the latest exploits.

Requires additional activation: Ad-Aware will work for the first 30 days but then requires activation via email. It's an extra step and the minor cost for using a free product.

Bottom Line

With a slim interface built on top of a powerful scanner, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ provides robust protection with minimal system impact. The extra activation step is annoying, but for such great free protection, it is a small price to pay. While the suite can leave your system vulnerable to first-day exploits, they are rare, and Ad-Aware is more than capable to protect you in daily usage.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 271 votes

    • 5 star 152
    • 4 star 108
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16589 votes

    • 5 star 7961
    • 4 star 4597
    • 3 star 1176
    • 2 star 727
    • 1 star 2128
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4 stars

"Better than the competition"

May 06, 2015  |  By marotero

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Overall Ad-aware does everything an anti virus should do, up to date antivirus database, live detection, simple and easy to use layout and design, and does not get in the way of your everyday computer browsing.

Cons

it may slow computer operations but if you have an update computer this will be very un-noticeable

Summary

Most comprehensive protection product.

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5 stars

"Ad-Aware works very well and has nice features."

May 06, 2015  |  By Grande-Gina

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

It protects your system against many of todays risk, and the price cannot be beaten.

Cons

I cant find any yet

Summary

It works ver well, cleaned up my laptop for better performance.

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5 stars

"Great antivirus and it's free!"

May 06, 2015  |  By Datkinss

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

The program has a low footprint, on CPU and RAM. Simple and elegant to use. Free version has the basic protection benefits such as anti virus, real time detection, malware protection against downloadable files, including in browser security.

Cons

No issues to date.

Summary

A good antivirus program and you cant beat the price.

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4 stars

"As advertized, this is really good!"

May 06, 2015  |  By Rylert

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Works as well as any antivirus software I have used. It is user friendly and has nice features. Updates automatically, real time detection, and lets you know if certain programs are out of date.

Cons

The user interface could be easier to use and understand for those who do not have much computer experience.

Summary

Nice, clean, effective antivirus

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4 stars

"Works as advertised."

May 06, 2015  |  By Murphys-pat

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

I have been using Ad-aware for about six months after I bought a new laptop. It seems to be working good, I haven't had any problems, it just runs in the background with no fuss.

Cons

No problems encountered.

Summary

Keeps me virus free, I think.

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4 stars

"Quick And Easy To Use."

May 06, 2015  |  By Anitamil

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Runs great in the background... Doesn't take up too much memory and finds and zap's any virus's on my computer.... I would recommend it to anyone....

Cons

I never had any troubles downloading or using it.

Summary

One of the best antiviruses I have tried to date.

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5 stars

"Best virus protection available."

May 05, 2015  |  By J0c0nner

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Non intrusive, fast scans, excellent detection rates 99.1%. Ad-aware has the lowest false positives of any AV.

Cons

Nothing comes to mind.

Summary

I like everything about this product.

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5 stars

"It's a great help."

May 05, 2015  |  By NuTriciaeq

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

It cleans up all viruses/ malware and protects my computer better than any anti virus I have used before, it runs fairly quickly depending on the number of files on your computer. All in all still the best anti virus out there.

Cons

None that i've found and i've had it for 2 years now.

Summary

Seamless and doesn't drag my system down

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4 stars

"The complete package."

May 05, 2015  |  By Babs-C

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

It's a very complete Antivirus, well thought out, easy and clean. And the "Safe Search" is nice as well?

Cons

Everything is fine.

Summary

Reliable and easy to install and use.

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5 stars

"Best one I have tried"

May 05, 2015  |  By Mhenderion

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Provides good protection from viruses and malware; easy to use, Web sites are also scanned for viruses.

Cons

I've had no problem with Ad-aware.

Summary

Happy to have something that works!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.6.306.7947
  • Bug Fixing.
  • Better support for Windows 8.1.
  • Stability improvement.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date March 10, 2015
Date Added March 10, 2015
Version 11.6.306.7947
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.96MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 389,644,309
Downloads Last Week 50,856
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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