Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16288 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.5.202.7299
  • Total Downloads:
    388,877,855
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.83MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    62,356
  • 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 373 votes

    • 5 star 240
    • 4 star 121
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16288 votes

    • 5 star 7792
    • 4 star 4476
    • 3 star 1168
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2126
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5 stars

"This is my first choice."

March 05, 2015  |  By Earl349mart

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

In my opinion this is the best antivirus around. It has an intuitive interface that's easy to use. The real time protection is solid and catches everything. What makes this program great is Game mode. Once it's on you hardly notice it's there.

Cons

Interface seems a little too sophisticated

Summary

Delivers better protection than paid programs.

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5 stars

"it protects from all angles."

March 05, 2015  |  By Leop7780

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Pretty good interface, detection is great. Download time was pretty fast, so was the scan and I'm a fan of both the game mode and the price!

Cons

Well not much

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4 stars

"Protects my laptop very well."

March 05, 2015  |  By M4ckinrob

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

The last time I used Ad-aware it wasn't even an antivirus. This one is definitely better and easier to use. I like it cause my older computer runs it just as well as my newer laptop does.

Cons

Can't complain.

Summary

"If you don't have an antivirus you should definitely try Ad-aware.
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5 stars

"Really Nice Virus Detect Engine"

March 05, 2015  |  By Frostyyychris

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

high detection rates, real time protection really works,and i like the interface

Cons

Nothing to mention.

Summary

More people should know about this program.

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4 stars

"A good clean product"

March 05, 2015  |  By jgravley4

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

It runs in the background, scanning your internet connection, websites you browse, emails, downloads....You can even scan your external disks. The toolbar is actually useful.

Cons

System bootup take longer now.

Summary

Good antivirus, not amazing but not annoying like others

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5 stars

"One of my personal favorites"

March 05, 2015  |  By ChesserartB

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I've used every free anti virus software ever made and none work better than Ad-aware. Best detection and removal I've ever seen from a free anti virus program. I've been using it for over a year and have been virus and trojan free the whole time.

Cons

No real cons.

Summary

Easy to use, fast scan found virus others had missed. Completely removed three viruses that other programs could/did not.

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5 stars

"Detection is excellent."

March 04, 2015  |  By J90Bacon

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

This is hands down the best protection for malware and spyware out there today. The program is always running. The user interface is straighforward and easy to use. The scanning is super quick and smart, and I like the game mode a lot.

Cons

Works without any noticable conflicts.

Summary

An excellent program

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5 stars

"it's free for home users!"

March 04, 2015  |  By Wy-Mark

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Free and works quietly in the background without interfering with my work. I can browse and shop online safely.

Cons

There are no problems.

Summary

I feel this product is good for all computer users.

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4 stars

"Comprehensive, free antivirus program."

March 04, 2015  |  By Ronosa27

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

"- Pleasing UI
- easy to use
- Real time protection
- Downloads & Email scans
- Game mode"

Cons

Once in a whiile it produces a pop-up ad.

Summary

Realtime protection, easy to setup and maintain, and completely FREE. It`s saved my butt many times.

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3 stars

"Simple but very effective"

March 04, 2015  |  By Solo-moises

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Complete internet security, with all the features I need, and a complete feeling of safety online. It stays in the background, does not take up too much ram and I can keep working.

Cons

Keeps interfering with my work program.

Summary

Its free, its reliable and its not a memory hog.

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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 XP, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.83MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 388,877,855
Downloads Last Week 62,356
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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