Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15962 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.5.202.7299
  • Total Downloads:
    388,101,135
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    194,448
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 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 47 votes

    • 5 star 29
    • 4 star 17
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15962 votes

    • 5 star 7581
    • 4 star 4372
    • 3 star 1160
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2123
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4 stars

"Anniversary"

December 25, 2014  |  By KCurtiskeith

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

For a year now I have had AdAware and it has managed to keep my computer running smooth and keeps viruses off of it, emails are verified before opening them, no spyware, but I will admit I have a scan scheduled daily at 1am when im in bed and wake up to a clean computer 98% of the time:)

Cons

theres so many options, so many buttons, i wish there was jut scan and delete!

Summary

Til next year!

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5 stars

"Good stuff"

December 25, 2014  |  By Kwlussier1988

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

This product works great for me, puts less stress on my laptop and keeps it clear of viruses all the time

Cons

No complaints, all works fine

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5 stars

"no more overheating"

December 25, 2014  |  By Marelangerlifts

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

My computers processes were running too fast a friend told me, opened up my task manager and there they were, a bunch of unknown applications running in the background. AdAware took them off right after its first run. running smooth as ever

Cons

I didnt know that a virus could slow a computer down, thought they just attacked and took over good to know thats what it is

Summary

A virus might not scrap your computer, but why even go there

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4 stars

"Sneaky students"

December 25, 2014  |  By PeggyMPearman007

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Normally the computer inside my classrom is locked at all times, but one student got in and put some kind of tracker thing on my computer or at least wound up with one because of whatever he was doing, Downloaded AdAware on Cnet because it had good reviews and was at the top in its category, thanks to good reviews i went with it and have not been dissapointed since. No more tracker warning and weekly scans.

Cons

I thought the writing was too small

Summary

I will recommend this to other teachers in case they have a computer that needs protecting.

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4 stars

"Survey says"

December 25, 2014  |  By Aahlacylacy

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I am a college student and decided to do a test with some friends to see which anti-virus was the best. amongst 5 that we each tested we all had Adaware at a respectable 8 out of 10 on our charts. Good overall, easy download, easy install, good protection and many additional features that puts it above many.

Cons

This wasnt the most entertaining test we've ever run, but at least we now know how to protect our computers

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5 stars

"I thought it was just me"

December 25, 2014  |  By Jamedforsmiths

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I have been constantly having this one pop up that looked like it was coming from windows, super frustrating. I thought it was normal because it was there since day one, to my surprise after downloading Adaware it was gone right after my first scan. I no longer have to wait for my computer to pass that message before starting up, im super happy about this.

Cons

I would like a full screen option

Summary

faster startup!

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5 stars

"Best one so far"

December 25, 2014  |  By thebiggeraldberg

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I've had all kinds of anti-malware/virus programs, from the big brand anti virus for hundreds of dollars to the free ones. And let me tell you the difference between the one that costs hundreds and Adaware. the difference is you wont be spending hundreds on Adaware! it does everything that the big brand does; scans, cleans, protects and even wipes if you really need it to!

Cons

Like i said ive been through many, too bad it took me this long to find this one

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4 stars

"Email are free and clear"

December 25, 2014  |  By littleitaliandevil656

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

In the past I never had to use my email very much, but now everyone from here to Japan is sending me email, so good, some funny some comletely useless ones full of junk. Since I've downloaded Adaware I havent had to click the wrong things or download any bad junk. very satisfied, i can decide now which emails are safe to view with a safe list and instantly block others!

Cons

Havent used much else but the email blocker, when i do ill update!

Summary

scan everything!

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5 stars

"Straight to the point"

December 25, 2014  |  By Brianpearcefellow

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I found Ad-Aware and all the programs you can get from it have really helped me keep my family's computers safe, from network to web browsing, we feel comfortable leaving the kids on the computer unsupervised.

Cons

I forgot the parental control password and only my wife knew it, oops!

Summary

Works great tracks everything and lets nothing slip by.

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5 stars

"Network secure"

December 25, 2014  |  By AAtownsendroofing

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Who knew you needed a password to your internet when you live in a rural area. My internet was running slow and I kept getting monthly internet bills that were a lot higher than usual. I was unable to resolve the issue over the phone, so my sister told me about AdAware and how it had an application to filter your network traffic, one night I was on my laptop and an alert told me someone had connected to my internet! I found out who it was and since never hads the issue.

Cons

I didnt know this even existed

Summary

five star great work

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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 388,101,135
Downloads Last Week 194,448
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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