Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15921 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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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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4 stars

"Very good but not excellent"

December 19, 2014  |  By Inticratus

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

Pretty looking, quick downloads, sped things up, scans are easy to do and you can even schedule them.

Cons

Hate that CNET bundled Ad Aware with its downloader

Summary

Close to flawless, but still could use some improvement. I like it overall though.

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4 stars

"it's a beast!"

December 19, 2014  |  By BuddyBugsy

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.5.202.7299

Pros

just plain works! Never crashed my computer like Panda did and computer behaves more fluidly with quicker response time. the program itself is highly functional and can deal with a multitude of malware.

Cons

Been months and still no complaints

Summary

99.999% effective so far and still going strong. Only 1 false positive which isnt bad at all!

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4 stars

"Great first impression"

December 18, 2014  |  By freshaim19

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

1 week so far and everything looks good. 2 viruses were found within the first day which is pretty shocking considering Windows Defender wasn't able to detect them. Removed both in seconds. Guess Ad Aware just does it better.

Cons

Low power consumption means scans take slighty longer

Summary

Nothing gets past Ad Aware

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5 stars

"fastest detection ive ever seen"

December 18, 2014  |  By Squeakkkkkkk

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Always keeps me updated on my systems health and always alerts me to possible threats promptly. Virtually runs itself.

Cons

Its too good

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5 stars

"Laptop runs better and faster now"

December 18, 2014  |  By RupturedNexus

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Had a horribly corrupted OS after accidentally clicking on a pop up ad and I thought my laptop was toast! Luckily my husband used his magic and managed to get ad aware installed and totally destroyed whatever entity took over my laptop. Everything is smooth now and laptop is quicker than ever.

Cons

Nothing noticed

Summary

Easier protection doesn't exist

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3 stars

"Happy enough with Ad Aware"

December 18, 2014  |  By Guitariststall

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ad Aware is the only I've tried that isn't completely mediocre. It's a free antivirus with relatively useful tools that was quickly installed. It does a fantastic job at wiping out viruses though.

Cons

It wont download on my ipad

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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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