Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16107 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.5.202.7299
  • Total Downloads:
    388,505,588
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    85,567
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 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

    4.6

    out of 192 votes

    • 5 star 120
    • 4 star 66
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16107 votes

    • 5 star 7672
    • 4 star 4421
    • 3 star 1163
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2125
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5 stars

"Hand me down <br />Hand me down"

January 24, 2015  |  By rapapapampam

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

my parents used Adaware on their computer at home so I decided to try it out when I had a virus. Worked out for the best! Thanks mom!

Cons

I was used to another program, this will take getting used to.

Summary

thanks mom and dad!

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5 stars

"At peace!!"

January 24, 2015  |  By JJJtripleJay

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I finally have peace and wuiet on my computer, I kept getting pop ups with noise and it was unbearable, Adaware fixed that and many more issues!

Cons

the fact that those pop ups are gone, I can't complain

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5 stars

"Stats+++!!"

January 24, 2015  |  By sellmesomethinggood12

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Design - 5 Performance - 5 Ease of use - 5 Add-ons - 4.5 Definition Updates - 5

Cons

The Add-ons were not included in the free version I really wanted to see the safe banking feature

Summary

I believe I'll upgrade in the near future

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4 stars

"Pretty good!"

January 24, 2015  |  By forgetaboutaladin

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

pretty design with lots of buttons all over to make it easy to navigate which makes for easy functionality

Cons

Wish I could make the writing bigger

Summary

great reliability when you need it

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5 stars

"Downloaded yesterday"

January 24, 2015  |  By beattothebeat

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

what a great product AdAware has pretty much made a full recovery of my computer that was fully infected of 394 files. A quick scan and a quick enough restart

Cons

Required a couple restarts seemed odd but worked out

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5 stars

"So easy my kid can do it <br />So easy my kid can do it"

January 24, 2015  |  By MadullaablamgataKFC

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I taught my son how to use Adaware when the computer is running slow and he does it without a problem!

Cons

now that I showed him how to use, I found the parental control turned off.

Summary

Simple enough for a child to use!

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1 stars

"Sad excuse for Anti-Virus"

January 21, 2015  |  By ganerd

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Works better than nothing.

Cons

Is not THOROUGH and if used with another Antivirus, it is often confused as a virus ... sad situation.

Summary

Got hit bad while depending on it. Removed it and used AVG-free instead.
BTW: After reviewing a few evaluations/reviews, I see there are CLEARLY a NUMBER of PAID comments!? Sorry, I cannot trust a company who BUYS their "recommendations" :(

Updated on Jan 21, 2015

Started to have 2 stars until I saw all the fraudulent PAID "RECOMMENDATIONS."
then I dropped it to ONE star,. WISH I COULD GIVE IT negative 100 and count against the numerous PAID votes. I HATE LAIRS AND FRAUD!!!

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4 stars

"Sure thing"

January 21, 2015  |  By aLlamaIusedtoKnow

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

You simply ant go wrong with free, and protected. You can't! I love Adaware it really suits my laptop and fulfills its defensive needs.

Cons

I like options! But there are so many!

Summary

i like the simpler things with less options but I love the result im given in the end!

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4 stars

"Download protection"

January 21, 2015  |  By wholovestheirjob

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

adaware spared me the trouble of downloading what looked like it was gonna be a HUGE Trojan virus. It prompted me to stop myself before even hit save file. Phew!

Cons

had it not been for Adaware if be in big trouble right now

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5 stars

"Activated."

January 21, 2015  |  By Faulkoffalready

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Activated for free!! All I had to do was put in my email and they sent me a free key! I even have the option to upgrade to pro security at a discount now if I feel I need it

Cons

Room a while to receive the email but once I did we were up and running!

Summary

everything is great !

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.5.202.7299
  • Bug Fixing.
  • Better support for Windows 8.1.
  • Stability improvement.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date December 18, 2014
Date Added December 18, 2014
Version 11.5.202.7299
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.84MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 388,505,588
Downloads Last Week 85,567
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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