Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16534 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.6.306.7947
  • Total Downloads:
    389,593,453
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    56,809
  • 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 216 votes

    • 5 star 124
    • 4 star 84
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16534 votes

    • 5 star 7933
    • 4 star 4573
    • 3 star 1173
    • 2 star 727
    • 1 star 2128
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1 stars

"Stay away - would have put -5 if it was possible"

April 28, 2015  |  By Michael Zarutsky

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

None - does not do anything other programs don't

Cons

1. Having read "pleasantly surprised" etc. installed on my work laptop. It found a faulse positive in an archived old email and blocked my access to emails period. As in you have NO EMAIL ACCESS. Middle of the working day. Lavasoft tells me that on MY laptop I have NO RIGHT to access MY emails. Seriously? The only way to work around this was complete unistall of Lavacr*p product.
2. Was it all just wasted time? and exercise in frustration? - oh no. It also incerted itself as default search engine wiping out every other one. No thanks. remove and insert Google back.
3. Was it finally over? Nope - now every new tab you open in Firefox puts you onto their "search page"... (Keep in mind that their search engine removed in FF options). They embedded themselves somewhere so deep into the registry that you can't even find it...

Summary

Behaves itself like the worst kind of malware it claims to protect you from. If it was the last anti virus program available I'd take a chance with Win Defender instead...

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5 stars

"Pleasantly Surprised."

April 27, 2015  |  By King76andrea

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

I was skeptical at first, I decided to give ad-aware a try when I had malware issues. The install time was pretty quick, so was the scan. It quickly detected and fixed the issue. And I really like the user friendly interface.

Cons

Honestly, none so far.

Summary

Pretty good protection for a great price.

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4 stars

"Excellent Protection"

April 27, 2015  |  By C-aponte

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

no false positives, just stellar protection. Im no tech junkie but I can really notice the lower levels of infections on my computer compared to the other anti virus programs ive tried.

Cons

The interface is a little too quiet

Summary

It's just great. Runs seamlessly, easy to operate and understand.

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5 stars

"Lovely program."

April 27, 2015  |  By Mipyle

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Browsing in safety and not having to worry about all the crap out there that can slow down or overtake my computer is great.

Cons

Still haven't found anything wrong.

Summary

I no longer have to worry about making purchases online or paying bills online through my bank!

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5 stars

"Definitely worth it!!"

April 27, 2015  |  By gleegory

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Last couple of versions weren't so great. But the new one is perfect! The game mode feature will quite everything down when you want it too, and the real time protection just works!

Cons

I don't have anything bad to report.

Summary

This is truly the best security software out there, paid or free.

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4 stars

"Good free Antivirus"

April 27, 2015  |  By Wodriggu3z

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

I'm not very techy, I got myself a new laptop, and my work colleague suggested Ad-aware antivirus software. After reading all the reviews I decided to try this one. The whole setup was pretty easy and quick, they told me how to do it.

Cons

No real criticism

Summary

Love it! Thanks guys

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4 stars

"Free To Try, Nothing To Lose"

April 27, 2015  |  By Joreer

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Very light, and non-intrusive. Comes with a bunch of features, smooth interface, fast and it has great detection

Cons

The download time was a bit long.

Summary

Fully featured free version, slick interface.

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5 stars

"Ad-Aware Is Still Amazing"

April 23, 2015  |  By Renae Alvarez

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

- Easy installation
- Friendly user interface
- Optional browser protector
- Efficient

Cons

- Not that I can think of.

Summary

Some years ago, I first installed Ad-Aware as my main antivirus and anti-adware. I later took it out for work, as it wasn't endorsed by my workplace that wanted one of a specific set of antiviruses installed. This year, I finally came back to Ad-Aware as my computer has been repeatedly getting infected with adware that is coming from somewhere I have yet to identify. It was one of those adware extensions that plugs into Chrome and turns the pages you're viewing into ad-soaked messes. AVG found 37 threats, but not the one plaguing me. Bitdefender found absolutely nothing.

Finally, I thought, I wonder if Ad-Aware is still in existence. Yes, yes it is. All I had to do was install it and enable browser protection and my Chrome is adware free. I am so pleased that Ad-Aware still does what it's made to do, and it does it better than the other guys. If you've got adware problems, give Ad-Aware a try. I got 99 problems and now, adware ain't one. =P

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5 stars

"Works very fast. Gives good security"

April 16, 2015  |  By Nina_Koval

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Works very fast.
No problems with other software I have.

Cons

None. Gives good security for most users.

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5 stars

"Great product, been using for years"

April 12, 2015  |  By wlangenvin

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

I've used this product for years on all my devices. Proactive, timely virus definition updates, great UI, free version just as good as most paid home virus programs. Really like safe browsing and game mode features.

Cons

None for me; I use the free version and it has served me well.

Summary

It's free, fully featured and good quality. We all need antivirus, this is a no-brainer.

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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 389,593,453
Downloads Last Week 56,809
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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