Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15330 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
11.3.6321
File Size:
2.68MB
Date Added:
August 27, 2014
Price:
Free; paid upgrade available
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
386,772,303
Downloads Last Week:
81,816
Product ranking:
#2 in Anti-Spyware
Additional Requirements:
Not available

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.

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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 15330 votes

    • 5 star: 7187
    • 4 star: 4155
    • 3 star: 1141
    • 2 star: 725
    • 1 star: 2122
  • Current Version:

    4.6

    out of 298 votes

    • 5 star: 189
    • 4 star: 96
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5 stars

    "Happy with this product."

    September 29, 2014   |   By Doug86Husley

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    If you want a good free anti-virus look no further. Ad-aware will meet all your requirements. It has high detection rate, fast scanning, great features. Simply the best free anti-virus.

    Cons

    I honestly could not think of anything I didn't like.

    Summary

    One of the best antivirus programs out there.

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  • 5 stars

    "Effective and it is free."

    September 29, 2014   |   By mathenallen

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Very light on system resources, especially good if you're still running Windows 7 on an older pc. Setup was very easy, and the pc scan was very fast. Updates automatically. Game mode is a great feature that every AV program should have. All services worked well.

    Cons

    All good so far...

    Summary

    I like it very much..good free antivirus.

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  • 5 stars

    "Perfect for my personal use."

    September 29, 2014   |   By shenry234333

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Easy to understand and use. It has real-time protection that is always on. Just makes me feel like my computer is more secure. A good product for a good price.

    Cons

    Have not had any problems

    Summary

    Excellent in detections,easy to understand, highly recommend it.

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  • 5 stars

    "No troubel for years now !"

    September 29, 2014   |   By michaeljordan4life

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    never disturbs me unnecessarily and doesnt slow down my PC - even when gaming. Software gets scans done quickly and painlessly

    Cons

    Fantastic performance, no complaints here

    Summary

    Its important to remember that the automatic update engines is essential in keeping my PC performing like new.

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  • 5 stars

    "Ad Aware is my first choice!"

    September 29, 2014   |   By jacklwilliams22

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    100% full proof protection from day 1! Sorts all my digital day to day issues that I can possible come across online and never lets me down. Loyal user and will never switch

    Cons

    Im a loyal user and I don't think I will ever switch from Ad Aware

    Summary

    It's free and works without being too invasive. Very good Antivirus!

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  • 5 stars

    "Solves my problem ^_^"

    September 29, 2014   |   By kimberlyrossa

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Reliable
    Simple and easy to use
    Great update services
    Quality software
    Real-time, boot-time and periodic scan for virus,
    Proactive online detection

    Cons

    Design is a bit bland
    Sometimes offers upgrades
    First update after setup can be lengthy

    Summary

    I can promise you won't have any troubles installing or running this app.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best free utility"

    September 29, 2014   |   By robburgler911

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    I can set it and forget it without having to worry about it hogging up all resources and freezing up my computer during deep scans.

    Cons

    Not so many negatives

    Summary

    Possibly one the of the quickest AV's I have tried to date.

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  • 4 stars

    "Worth way more than free"

    September 29, 2014   |   By Jaime17111

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Quick scans and full scans are a lot faster than windows defender and malware bytes. Protection seems to be slightly better on adaware but removal process also seems more effective.

    Cons

    It tried telling me windows defender was a virus

    Summary

    definitely not your average antivirus, this one comes fully loaded with stuff only the paid software comes with. I highly suggest you download this.

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  • 4 stars

    "Fast user friendly design"

    September 29, 2014   |   By Jimmy29TheWasp

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    As long as you keep performing regular updates you will keep your PC's infections to a minimum.

    Cons

    What can I say, it works pretty well.

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice N' Easy"

    September 29, 2014   |   By CharlesSlimBillionaire

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.3.6321

    Pros

    Just what I like, something simple that doesnt beg me for money and overwhelm me with features I would never use. Gotta say, Ad Aware probably did some serious listening to there users to have been able to build this anti virus and anti spyware.

    Cons

    My tech support guy who used to remove my viruses is now broke.

    Summary

    quick setup, quick updates and quick scans. If it finds anything that might be a threat to your computer it will remove it without you having to 'Google it'.

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