Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15563 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,166,391
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    201,421
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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

Editors' Review

+

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.

 
read more +

Publisher's Description

+
 
read more +
User Reviews
+
  • Current Version

    4.5

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star 5
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15563 votes

    • 5 star 7324
    • 4 star 4243
    • 3 star 1148
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
  • My rating

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1–10 of 13471

5 stars

"Installed it on all my computers."

October 22, 2014  |  By CourtneyH84

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

So far it's the best one i've tried. The first scan found what was wrong, right away. I deleted 3 trojans that Mcafee couldn't even find and now my computer works great.

Cons

No issues. I just called customer service.

Summary

This is an excellent free program.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"There's a lot to like here."

October 22, 2014  |  By McGary81

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I'm always wary of free programs but ad-aware is the exception. Downloading and setup was easy enough. I love how it automatically deals with threats and guards while I surf the web. I ended paying for the full version because I need the parental controls.

Cons

Please include parental controls with the free version.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"Happy with the performance."

October 22, 2014  |  By dover-john

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ad-aware has been around forever, It's the must have security software for your computer. It's got tons of security features, for complete protection and it's easy to use.

Cons

It does slow my system down a little.

Summary

I think it's one of the best free programs you can get.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"My PC is safer with Ad-aware."

October 22, 2014  |  By j3calles

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

This program has a great features and is really easy to use. From now on I'm only using this with my windows security. This is the best AV period!

Cons

None with this version.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"Just plain good."

October 22, 2014  |  By Sny-vince

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I've never had any problems with this program. It's the simplest and most efficient antivirus. I can scan my whole computer or just my back up drive.

Cons

Safe search is not for me.

Summary

Ad-aware never lets me down.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Excellent protection."

October 22, 2014  |  By Billruiz222

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Didn't expect it to be this good. Everything went smoothly. Installation, scanning were both simple to figure out. The real time protection is excellent and you only notice it when it detects something wrong. I can even scan my backup drive.

Cons

I don't think there are any.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"The only one you can rely on"

October 22, 2014  |  By TroyFootballStar

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Even on an older computer running windows Vista, with about 2 gb of memory and a 1.5 Core 2 Duo , Ad Aware runs without a single hitch. I can see myself using this on any newer computer I get in the future.

Cons

Few upgrade offers and slightly slower boot times.

Summary

Easy self servicing product that works on any computer for free.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Still the best, still free"

October 22, 2014  |  By Carolknowsbest

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Friendly for all user levels, including mine: complete beginner. Setup was easy enough for me to take care of it but getting to know the navigation and features took a few minutes. Thankfully everything is relatively straighforward. Aside from the major pro of Ad Aware being free, it also plays nicely with all my other programs, doesn't alert me to anything that might not really be a threat - think thats known as a false positive. Also Ad Aware does a fantastic job at letting me know of any potentially unsecure sites I might stumble across.

Cons

I find the general look and colors could be updated a bit.

Summary

If you have 3 minutes , an internet connection and want a free antivirus program, than I would recommend Ad Aware.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Top of the line performance"

October 22, 2014  |  By Jason2Bourne

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I've tried numerous other free anti-virus programs but somehow always end up reinstalling Ad Aware. None of them compete on the same level and none of them offer the free protection and features Ad Aware provides. Other anti-virus programs seem to slow down your computer during any kind of use, while Ad Aware works without dragging your resources down with it.

Cons

Unaware of anything that might lead to me speak negatively about this

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"Computer is safe, works better than expected"

October 22, 2014  |  By TimToolMan95

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Dependable protection with some very cool features that will definitely come in handy day in and day out. Deep scans are incredibly effective and automatic updates keep my computer secure 24/7.

Cons

I've had AD AWARE installed now for about 8 months and have no qualms with it to date.

Summary

8 months with AD AWARE and no issues, only wish I got this sooner.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Results 1–10 of 13471

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

 
see all reviews +

Full Specifications

+
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 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.67MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,166,391
Downloads Last Week 201,421
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

Previous Versions:

 
read more +

More Products to Consider

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK