Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15568 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,186,928
  • 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

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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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4 stars

"Easy to work with"

October 23, 2014  |  By pat-baked

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

The interface is better then the old version. I noticed there are more scanning options. It was super easy to use, even with the new features. Updates are faster than expected, and that was a pleasant surprise. The layout of the major functions of the program are easy to understand. Even a beginner would be able to understand.

Cons

Boot up takes longer.

Summary

Provides great overall protection.

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5 stars

"Questionably one of the best ?"

October 23, 2014  |  By LocksNBolts2014

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Definitely one of the best, not questionaly! This software has saved me from dealing with dozens of close encounters and since all are family photos our digitally stored on our computer, I need to know I have the best antivirus that can protect my computer at all costs. Ad Aware has proven itself time and time again blocking any and all viruses, spyware or adware that even come close to making it inside my hard drive. Ad Aware is always on the lookout so I dont have to be and lets me focus on the more important things in life when using my computer.

Cons

Can't be mad at them or say anything negative after using such a g reat free software

Summary

Very happy to know I can finally put my trust and confidence in a free software without feeling like there's some kind of catch behind the corner.

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5 stars

"Nothing does it better than adaware"

October 23, 2014  |  By Flocking-Hens

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

> Functionality is key, adaware is very functional
> Install and configuration take a minute
> Easier than previous versions
> It's free

Cons

Like most free software, it will eventually show you an offer or two and ask you to upgrade but remember that its purely optional and protection will remain regardless

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4 stars

"Fixes and removes your computer threats"

October 23, 2014  |  By tippsforgibbs

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Superb protection with minimal intrusions, CPU and RAM usage is very nominal as well. Only uses power during deep scans but even then, it's not really noticeable. Virus definitions are downloaded automatically so you never really have to worry. No annoying ads either - major plus.

Cons

Nothing I can recall

Summary

A good antivirus should not make your computer less enjoyable to use. It should only remind you it's there when it found a threat

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 387,186,928
Downloads Last Week 201,421
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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