Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15775 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,588,492
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    87,666
  • 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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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 222 votes

    • 5 star 144
    • 4 star 71
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
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    out of 15775 votes

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5 stars

"Get results with Ad Aware"

November 21, 2014  |  By GrayMantis77

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Offline updates supported. Much quicker than other antivurs programs. useful, powerful and fit for a fight with any virus.

Cons

Its free and works properly so none

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5 stars

"Hard to trust an antivirus as much as Ad Aware"

November 21, 2014  |  By LovinguTheresa

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Fast
- Virtually unoticeable memory usage
- No constant monitoring required
- catches 99.9 % of viruses
- Rapid notifications only alerting you to real threats

Cons

Slows down system start up by about 15 seconds

Summary

No other free antivirus program will ever gain as much of my trust as Ad Aware has

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5 stars

"Security is a priority for Lavasoft"

November 21, 2014  |  By SurprisingYeti

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I figured since all of Lavasoft's software is based around computer and identity security and privacy, that Ad Aware would make my security it's priority. I wasn't wrong, Ad Aware is a relentless little, light and free program that will set it sights on a virus and remove all traces of it. Lavasoft has proven itself effective time and again with Ad Aware and I don't see how that can change.

Cons

Only encountered one false positive so not bad!

Summary

My security is my priority and Lavasoft takes that seriously.

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4 stars

"Protection is instant"

November 21, 2014  |  By BloodyaKnight

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

From the moment the installation was completed and the full scan finished, I saw a huge change in my computer's speed and even my browser was working better. I especially like the scheduled scans and simple interface.

Cons

Good software, Got no reason to doubt it

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4 stars

"This is what a real antivirus looks like"

November 21, 2014  |  By Blush1ngMaiden

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Whole computer seems faster with the latest version of aD Aware. These new features have really facilitated my use of Ad Aware and these customized options really help to save time and make everything more efficient.

Cons

Very well defined antispyware and antimalware database

Summary

Only gets better

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5 stars

"Solution for my computer's safety"

November 21, 2014  |  By CinnamonTuna

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Haven't seen a program this good for a really long time. Easy features, great options, very streamlined look.

Cons

Didn't experience any problems

Summary

The only safe solution for my desktop

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5 stars

"Easily the best"

November 20, 2014  |  By CalmingPatterns

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

The last few months consisted of me downloading and uinstalling roughly 6 antiviruses all in the goal of seeing if a virus was behind the mayhem that overtook my computer. Everyone of them felt sluggish and slow to the punch. None detected whatever was accountable for all this. Then I installed Ad Aware and within minutes of my scan I found a very nasty Trojan virus. Ever since, i've noticed a big performance increase with a nice boost in my computer's responsiveness.

Cons

No iPad version

Summary

Suggested to any person struggling with a virus

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5 stars

"Safe PC, safe family"

November 20, 2014  |  By LaVampire1

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

- Light on RAM
- Easy to customize
- I can set the options to my liking
- Free
- Quick scans
- Best results I;ve seen
- Can't let the kids use it worry free

Cons

Ad Aware gave me no problems

Summary

I don't know how they can stay afloat

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4 stars

"Consistently protecting my computer"

November 20, 2014  |  By TitanWarrior19

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Blocks just about anything that remotely looks like a virus. Probably the most user friendly and consistently stable antivirus with a fully loaded set of features that make life a lot easier.

Cons

Installation was easy but the full scan option seemed to take a while. Doing quick scans now.

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4 stars

"Total protection for my laptop"

November 20, 2014  |  By WaterChimp

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

This program is the mother of all free antiviruses, its got eveything I need in one easy to understand and use package. I don't need my son to come over and remove whatever the infection of the week is, instead I can easily do it myself and feel much less stressed when using the net.

Cons

Nothing for this section

Summary

If something better is out there, I have yet to hear about it.

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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 Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.67MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,588,492
Downloads Last Week 87,666
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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