Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16427 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.6.306.7947
  • Total Downloads:
    389,308,309
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    130,339
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 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 109 votes

    • 5 star 61
    • 4 star 43
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16427 votes

    • 5 star 7870
    • 4 star 4532
    • 3 star 1171
    • 2 star 727
    • 1 star 2127
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4 stars

"Good to prevent viruses"

March 27, 2015  |  By PrinceD-arrell

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Excellent detection and blocking;
Low system resources
User-friendly interface and pane

Cons

I have no problems with it

Summary

Recommended for most purposes.

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5 stars

"Fast & Light On Computer."

March 27, 2015  |  By larich69

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

It has a simple interface which I like a lot, it has good detection rates, its light on the memory and for being free it does what its supposed to do.

Cons

Nothing comes to mind.

Summary

it is very powerful Antivirus very light on system resources very easy to use and it is free.

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4 stars

"My favorite free antivirus for years."

March 27, 2015  |  By Fierro-Gg

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

I still think it is the best antivirus that is not slow or resourceful on a computer that is old or new.

Cons

The only thing I don't like the toolbar.

Summary

Free Ad-aware is great...I don't need other antivirus

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5 stars

"Good protection to my PC."

March 27, 2015  |  By Burn69glenn

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

The security, performance, interface, ease of use and overall protection of this program is the best!!! It provides everything under the sun without hogging your computer resources. Sleek interface. Comprehensive options for customizability.

Cons

Hasn't given me any trouble.

Summary

Great protection. Ad-aware saved my computer many times.

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4 stars

"Great for basic users"

March 27, 2015  |  By Quiverdell

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Lightweight, light on resources, fully functional, just does the job. I will keep using Ad-aware as long as it's this reliable.

Cons

I like everything!! No cons at all!!!

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4 stars

"It is working very well."

March 27, 2015  |  By Coggins-J84

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

I look for products that just work. This is one that I have started using on some of the refurbished computers that I make up. It is not a memory hog. I particularly like the real time protection and free game mode.

Cons

It sometimes asks me if I want to upgrade

Summary

Excellent in detecting and removing malware. viruses, trojans etc.

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5 stars

"Simply Great..."

March 26, 2015  |  By eyevarun

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

It removes dangerous viruses, even adwares, which other free products like Microsoft Security Essentials fail to... Maybe we would hesitate to uninstall MSE, but at least can install this one too, and get safe...

Cons

No Cons Really...

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4 stars

"Runs quickly & efficiently."

March 26, 2015  |  By chmithhte

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Found viruses that AVG missed. Fast scan times after the initial scan. Built-in guard that scans files in realtime when reading and writing to the hard drive, preventing malicious files during writing.

Cons

Free software that offers better protection than paid software. Nuff said.

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5 stars

"Simple and straightforward."

March 26, 2015  |  By Chirley-sarol

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Very quick install, super easy to configure (nearly nothing to configure). Does what it says it will.

Cons

Absolutely no problems with the program.

Summary

A great tool - I'll continue using it.

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5 stars

"Extremely good AV and malware protection."

March 26, 2015  |  By Carlrris

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

- light and uses little RAM
- Nice and easily usable interface
- Easy to setup and figure out
- Great and very useful updates that keep my laptop protected 24/7

Cons

Trying hard, can't think of any.

Summary

This is light on resources, easy to install and use. Great concept i am installing this on every computer I clean up.

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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, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.96MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 389,308,309
Downloads Last Week 130,339
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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