Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15927 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.5.202.7299
  • Total Downloads:
    387,953,810
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 18, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    70,168
  • 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 12 votes

    • 5 star 7
    • 4 star 5
    • 3 star 0
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    3.9

    out of 15927 votes

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    • 4 star 4360
    • 3 star 1159
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2123
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5 stars

"A free antivirus that works ?"

December 20, 2014  |  By Fibresher

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

The only piece of software I absolutely need to have installed on my machine because Ad Aware is the only one I trust to do the job without any need for rechecks retroactive action. I had AdBlocker that I use in conjuction with Ad Aware so I actually forgot what pop up ads look like.

Cons

nothing to bash it with

Summary

Id recommend for people who are either looking to prevent viruses or people who have been infected and need a solution that produces results. Delete old antivirus, make sure all traces of it are removed and then install Ad Aware Free.

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5 stars

"Nicely crafted"

December 20, 2014  |  By Maniakkist

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

This nicely crafted antivirus has managed to do some serious damage to the hacker and virus community by being so freken crafty and effective. It catches only what has actually been defined as harmful or malevolent so if Ad Aware says its a virus, chances are its a virus.

Cons

Doesnt take a genius to know Ad Aware has raised the bar

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4 stars

"Fully loaded free antivirus"

December 20, 2014  |  By KloggedLeak

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Scans and sweeps my PC entirely and continuously ensuring viruses are caught before they have the chance to propogate and spread any harm to the user who accidentally came in to contact with it. You would think this would cause major decreases in speed but that's really not the case, I actually think Ad Aware helped to smooth out my computer's functionality..

Cons

No need for me to fill this out

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5 stars

"Quick and secure"

December 20, 2014  |  By shadowericc

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Without intruding, Ad Aware is able to actively monitor your computer for threats while it's in use or even when it's asleep. This active monitoring system decreases the load on your computer which makes Ad Aware a great antivirus for any Windows based laptop.

Cons

Can't install this on my MacBook Pro

Summary

Wouldn't trust my computer with any other product than Ad Aware

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4 stars

"Great product, very surprised"

December 20, 2014  |  By madeofhell12

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

First off, it's free, second it's relentless in it's quest for utter security and protection. Scan are prompt and automatic updates is a very pratical feature to configure that will save you time down the line.

Cons

unable to recall anything of concern

Summary

Very easy to interact with and requires little to no maintance.

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5 stars

"Hands down best AV"

December 20, 2014  |  By cu2temigirl

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I have yet to experience a better free AV that can compare to what ad aware has done for me over the last few months. Its saved me money not only by being free but also because of how well it was able to remove a virus that previously left my computer crippled. Thought I had no alternatives aside from buying a new internal drive or paying a technician to fix it for more than $250. Turns out I was dead wrong. Now I have ad aware acting as my computer's watch dog with everything running perfectly and in sync.

Cons

If you read what I listed for PROs you'd agree that theres nothing I should be adding here.

Summary

Reliable untill it's uninstalled.

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5 stars

"Works fine for me!"

December 19, 2014  |  By Relaxissaa

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Has detected absolutely ever piece of malware to date without much effort, quarantines everything on contact and lets me know how severe that file its notifying you about is. Scan time is darn quick and it adds almost no extra load on my computer or tablet. Ad Aware is very user and resource friendly.

Cons

not a darn thing

Summary

Happy I didn't pay $70 to Norton for the year and opted for Ad Aware instead. No regrets!

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4 stars

"Quick threat removal"

December 19, 2014  |  By FlirtyPeta

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Very trusty over the years with a great virus shield and effective removal of any threat. Stable, convenient and mostly automated .

Cons

Great software, nothing bad to say about it

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5 stars

"No confusion, very easy to use"

December 19, 2014  |  By Scanderous

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

I like that Ad Aware loads up almost instantly at startup and is very easy to configure. I like that anyone in my family can use it which makes it easily manageable. I also really like that it's free but Im getting more and more interested in the pro version.

Cons

Can I leave this blank ?

Summary

Theres never any confusion with Ad Aware, it just works!

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5 stars

"Zero ads & zero viruses"

December 19, 2014  |  By Framouthsky

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Long time user and never have any issues with Ad Aware. It's always quick to act and very dependable. Gaming mode is a great feature too because it lets you suspend automatic updates and scans so that you can focus more on your computer usage.

Cons

Met all my needs so yea...

Summary

Don't see how anything can break through Ad Aware's guard

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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 387,953,810
Downloads Last Week 70,168
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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