Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15594 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,223,870
  • 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 41 votes

    • 5 star 23
    • 4 star 16
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15594 votes

    • 5 star 7342
    • 4 star 4254
    • 3 star 1150
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
  • My rating

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1–10 of 13502

4 stars

"Great product I've used for years."

October 25, 2014  |  By Leo-D854

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Free all around PC security. I've been using ad-aware since it was anti-spyware software.It's as effective as ever. It finds all the threats and the live protection doesn't slow my PC to a halt. This program continues to be a reference in PC security software.

Cons

Initial scan is long but it gets better.

Summary

It scanned my computer and fixed it.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Protects and doesnt wreck PC like other Free antiviruse"

October 25, 2014  |  By CharlesSingletaryw

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

WOW ok, so AD AWARE is 100% legit ! Not gonna say which ones Cough *AVAST* Cough *AVG* slowed down my computer the point where I wanted to trash it and replace it all together. The resource footprint some of these antiviruses had on my computer slowed it down to a crawl and resulted in a lot of fasle positives along with some nasty viruses making it through my supposed firewall. Well no longer! I installed Ad Aware last month and have seen a night and day difference in everything; no intrusions, no pop ups, complete protection, kickass firewall, website protection and very thorough yet quick deep scans.

Cons

Not really a con, but I'd like to see a different interface next version.

Summary

A must for any person using a PC or laptop with Windows

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Long time Ad Aware fan"

October 25, 2014  |  By BeefedUpWorkouts

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Over the last 5 years, I've purchased 4 computers and had Ad Aware installed and operating on all of them. I stuck with it every time I was ready upgrade and with no regrets despite the range of operating systems I was working with. From Windows XP to the new Windows 8 it ran almost flawlessly with no operational issues and many functional benefits. Thanks to Ad Aware, I was able to successfully identify any bit of malicious software that tried attacking my systems and immediately block it from every gaining access.

Cons

Huge improvement year after year on all versions.

Summary

It's going to take a lot for me to trust another antivirus this much!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"Finest AV with a pricetag that read 0"

October 25, 2014  |  By PoliticalMute83

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

How can a software so useful, so versatile and so effective, be offered for FREE ? I have no idea how Lavasoft can keep itself afloat if it offers an AV with the same protection power than its paid counterparts.

Cons

Loving Ad Aware Free and how well it protects my PC

Summary

Hats off to Lavasoft

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Superior in every way"

October 25, 2014  |  By Friday-isnear

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Easy and quick to get up and running, took me a bout 4 minutes to download and install on my 64 bit windows 7 OS.

Cons

I'd like Lavasoft to make an Android version of Ad Aware

Summary

Superior to the free competition in every way but mostly because it doesnt annoy you with pop ups and actually stops any virus or malware dead in it's tracks.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"I've tried them all, Ad Aware is the best"

October 25, 2014  |  By TheHobbiest21

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Never a bother, works the way I want it too, consistent system security, hardly notice it except for when it finds a virus, Free and stable

Cons

haven't found any

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

4 stars

"Smaller in size, but touger than others"

October 25, 2014  |  By OscarMeyersTrucker

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Small installation size means a quicker setup but don't let that fool you, Ad Aware packs a hell of a lot of power in that tiny package. Great look and feel. Nothing gets through this malware forcefield.

Cons

Nothing suggests there are any

Summary

If you haven't already tried it, than don't waste any more of your time reading and download it.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"My PC is protected from all sides."

October 25, 2014  |  By Cranderson875

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Top of the line antivirus. The real time protection is espcially efficient if you're always online, like me. Safe browsing, download scans, emails scans....everything is checked. The controls are simple and the detection consistent. Not many false positives.

Cons

At this time, none.

Summary

The real time protection catches everything.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Solid AV & spyware protection."

October 25, 2014  |  By Aldicks

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Very user friendly interface. Fast scans and a toolbar that is surprisingly useful. It made my computer noticeably faster.

Cons

Nothing bad to say.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

5 stars

"Fixes problems easily."

October 25, 2014  |  By El-Jessie-rod

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Very light antivirus. It doesn't slow down my system. It's easy to use and very good at removing viruses, spyware, trojans,.....you name it. It does everything an antivirus should without crippling your PC.

Cons

Haven't had any trouble so far.

Summary

A great tool to have.

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Results 1–10 of 13502

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 387,223,870
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