Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15788 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,599,005
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    87,666
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Note: This is a full review of Ad-Aware Total Security 2014

Editors' Review

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Ad-Aware has faced its ups and downs over the past few years, shimmying in and out of relevancy. Though last year's version was an overall improvement over its prior incarnations, our review staff had ultimately concluded that there was still some maturing to do if Lavasoft was aiming to reclaim the throne as top security honcho.

Gone is the Vipre scanner that powered it before and Ad-Aware now comes primarily powered by Bitdefender's core security engine and with added perks and utilities.

The installation process isn't exactly short when you include the extra download time to grab the virus definitions but it's not unbearable. Like many other security programs before it, Ad-Aware does come bundled with an in-house toolbar; but before you go on snickering in disgust, it's actually a surprisingly useful utility.

The toolbar add-on is one of the least obnoxious things we've ever used among browser bundles. Granted most toolbars are a hindrance, but Ad-Aware's security toolbar actually provided some value. In fact, we'd even go so far as to recommend it if you find yourself constantly trying to remove unintended toolbar installations and BHO add-ons that mysteriously appear inside your browser. Ad-Aware's toolbar comes with three basic features: a built in search that's powered by Yahoo!, a Web profile that indicates if a page is safe to visit...and a toolbar remover.

Regardless of which browsers you have installed, the tool actually identifies all third-party toolbars installed across the three major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE). It'll not only guide you through the uninstall/removal process, but Ad-Aware's security bar takes you directly to the control panel to help you remove other remaining dependencies. In other words, it's a cleaner that actually works. Each widget is mutable a la Firefox extensions.

Ad-Aware 11 has slimmed down, visually, even more so than last year's release. The overall menu is cleaner, with thinner fonts and a drastically streamlined menu layout, providing an overall more pleasant experience that gives you a bit more room to breathe. The bottom pull-up shows only basic components and keeps unnecessary social widgets neatly tucked away. The entire overall feel is almost Webapp like.

Gone is the breadcrumb-style interface: Instead Ad-Aware 11 maintains a permanent left-side panel for quick access. All of its tools are still there, but just much more neatly organized inside their respective categories.

The AV-TEST Institute hasn't published individual reports for Ad-Aware 11 yet, but according to the most recent August Real-World Protection Test, Bitdefender scored the highest protection rate at 100 percent, with Trend Micro being the only other competitor to match. Since then, Lavasoft has also claimed even more impressive conclusions based on their own internal evaluations, but we'll have to see those benchmarks confirmed as the product becomes more widely distributed.

Full scan took about 19 minutes and 12 seconds on our test machine and Ad-Aware provides the standard trio of Quick, Full, and Custom scanning options. Boot and shut-down performance were initially impacted, clocking in at a whole 90.82 seconds for boot and 13 seconds to shut down. However, Ad-Aware 11 also takes some time to get adjusted to your system and, sure enough, boot and shut down times stabilized the second and third time around, clocking in at an average 44.75 seconds and 9.04 seconds, respectively.

Bottom Line:

Ad-Aware 11 represents a huge comeback by Lavasoft and has responded to basically all of our criticisms from last year's review. System impact, scanning efficacy, and design have all been improved across the board and pricing is set competitively. If you're still on the fence about which free security suite to install, then you might want to give this one a try.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 235 votes

    • 5 star 152
    • 4 star 76
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
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    3.9

    out of 15788 votes

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    • 3 star 1155
    • 2 star 725
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5 stars

"Good Antivirus kit"

November 23, 2014  |  By NerdyTroglodyte

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

A kit that works as well as this is a rare find. ITs a full fledged antimalware that shoots down any threat in sight without so much as a struggle. Prompts are never annoying like upgrade offers, you only see prompts that matter like virus alerts.

Cons

Free doesn't mean undermined protection.

Summary

If you didn't already have an antivirus that you like, get Ad Aware

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5 stars

"Quick and automatic"

November 23, 2014  |  By LiquidIceN20

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ad Aware has never detected a virus it couldn't handle and delete. Its blocked Trojans, Spyware and a bunch of other malware from taking control of my computer. UI is easy to configure and learn.

Cons

How is this free?

Summary

Deadly antivirus

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4 stars

"2 years and still loving Ad Aware"

November 23, 2014  |  By Eggcecutioner

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Fast, guarded, active shields and detection, Heuristics, adaptive and free.

Cons

Best free antivirus software online.

Summary

I love this antivirus. Ad Aware continues to protect me while never encountering security problems.

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5 stars

"Enjoyable security"

November 23, 2014  |  By Crocodino82

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Had Ad Aware for a while now and never had any problems. Its easy on RAM, resourceful and gives a much needed added boost to my laptop's security. Updates are quick and there's lots of cool functions.

Cons

None which I could find

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4 stars

"Ad Aware Cleans your PC nicely"

November 23, 2014  |  By WiseRangers

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Splendid malware and virus cleaner that left my PC noticeably more productive. Ad Aware changed my perception of standard antiviruses by keeping my PC free of infections for years.

Cons

No big deals

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5 stars

"Best free antivirus of 2014"

November 23, 2014  |  By Dancing5quid

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Surprised at the power of Ad Aware's malware detection and how accurately it protects my computer with absolutely no false alerts. Its scans elapses over a few minutes - much shorter time than the competitors.

Cons

Not so visually competent

Summary

Its free and makes me feel safer than other software I've tried.

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5 stars

"unbeatable protection"

November 23, 2014  |  By mmarcellus

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

unbeatable protection

Cons

none. Good software, Got no reason to doubt it

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5 stars

"Substantial protection for free"

November 22, 2014  |  By DonBlossoms

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No slow down in browsing even though Ad Aware scans for viruses on every page. No noticeable impact on performance or computer speed. Checks downloads and email attachement for threats. Good advance configuration options for expert users.

Cons

Reboot time takes slightly longer

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5 stars

"Highest detection rates"

November 22, 2014  |  By FeistyChefs

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Doesnt force toolbars and add ons down your throat. tou get exactly what you'd expect, easy to use software with customizable options and real time detection.

Cons

not a single complaint

Summary

unbeatable protection

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4 stars

"No better AV"

November 22, 2014  |  By RogueTravels

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No better AV for computer security and reliability. Barely notice it's there cause it only alerts me when a virus or something suspicious is found.

Cons

Nothing I know of

Summary

Been around since 1999 and still kickin it, seems like Ad Aware has climbed the ranks of AVs and made its way into my computer 15 years later.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.4.6792.0
  • Bug Fixing.
  • Better support for Windows 8.1.
  • Stability improvement.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date October 22, 2014
Date Added October 22, 2014
Version 11.4.6792.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.67MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,599,005
Downloads Last Week 87,666
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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