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Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

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    Jul. 20, 2016
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  • Product ranking:
    #5 in Anti-Spyware

Editors' Review


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.


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.


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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1 stars

"Not using their products any longer"

October 20, 2016

2016-10-20 09:20:59

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.12.945.920


it works as it should. Their company has been around a long time and was reliable.


You can't move the links folder without it re-installing. After many emails with their support team I'm of the opinion that they do not comprehend simple english grammer. They do not explain why this happens or if a fix is in the works. The impression I got is that their name on the folders is more important to them for us to see than for us to have a clean desktop or program folder.


I've told them I will no longer use their products on any of my computers.

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1 stars

"can't uninstall"

July 23, 2016  |  By hlee2139

2016-07-23 19:32:33  |  By hlee2139

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.12.945.920


don't know any


keeps trying to reinstall after uninstall


many better programs unless you like losing control of your computer

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 11.12.945.920
  • Full Windows® 10 compatibility
  • Full scanning capability in Safe Mode
  • Improved update mechanism
  • Increased windows XP and Vista support
  • Minor bug fixes
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site
Release Date July 19, 2016
Date Added July 20, 2016
Version 11.12.945.920
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.05MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Total Downloads 391,548,182
Downloads Last Week 1,856
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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