Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15635 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,322,400
  • Date Added:
    October 22, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    141,565
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Note: This is a full review of Ad-Aware Total Security 2014

Editors' Review

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Ad-Aware has faced its ups and downs over the past few years, shimmying in and out of relevancy. Though last year's version was an overall improvement over its prior incarnations, our review staff had ultimately concluded that there was still some maturing to do if Lavasoft was aiming to reclaim the throne as top security honcho.

Gone is the Vipre scanner that powered it before and Ad-Aware now comes primarily powered by Bitdefender's core security engine and with added perks and utilities.

The installation process isn't exactly short when you include the extra download time to grab the virus definitions but it's not unbearable. Like many other security programs before it, Ad-Aware does come bundled with an in-house toolbar; but before you go on snickering in disgust, it's actually a surprisingly useful utility.

The toolbar add-on is one of the least obnoxious things we've ever used among browser bundles. Granted most toolbars are a hindrance, but Ad-Aware's security toolbar actually provided some value. In fact, we'd even go so far as to recommend it if you find yourself constantly trying to remove unintended toolbar installations and BHO add-ons that mysteriously appear inside your browser. Ad-Aware's toolbar comes with three basic features: a built in search that's powered by Yahoo!, a Web profile that indicates if a page is safe to visit...and a toolbar remover.

Regardless of which browsers you have installed, the tool actually identifies all third-party toolbars installed across the three major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE). It'll not only guide you through the uninstall/removal process, but Ad-Aware's security bar takes you directly to the control panel to help you remove other remaining dependencies. In other words, it's a cleaner that actually works. Each widget is mutable a la Firefox extensions.

Ad-Aware 11 has slimmed down, visually, even more so than last year's release. The overall menu is cleaner, with thinner fonts and a drastically streamlined menu layout, providing an overall more pleasant experience that gives you a bit more room to breathe. The bottom pull-up shows only basic components and keeps unnecessary social widgets neatly tucked away. The entire overall feel is almost Webapp like.

Gone is the breadcrumb-style interface: Instead Ad-Aware 11 maintains a permanent left-side panel for quick access. All of its tools are still there, but just much more neatly organized inside their respective categories.

The AV-TEST Institute hasn't published individual reports for Ad-Aware 11 yet, but according to the most recent August Real-World Protection Test, Bitdefender scored the highest protection rate at 100 percent, with Trend Micro being the only other competitor to match. Since then, Lavasoft has also claimed even more impressive conclusions based on their own internal evaluations, but we'll have to see those benchmarks confirmed as the product becomes more widely distributed.

Full scan took about 19 minutes and 12 seconds on our test machine and Ad-Aware provides the standard trio of Quick, Full, and Custom scanning options. Boot and shut-down performance were initially impacted, clocking in at a whole 90.82 seconds for boot and 13 seconds to shut down. However, Ad-Aware 11 also takes some time to get adjusted to your system and, sure enough, boot and shut down times stabilized the second and third time around, clocking in at an average 44.75 seconds and 9.04 seconds, respectively.

Bottom Line:

Ad-Aware 11 represents a huge comeback by Lavasoft and has responded to basically all of our criticisms from last year's review. System impact, scanning efficacy, and design have all been improved across the board and pricing is set competitively. If you're still on the fence about which free security suite to install, then you might want to give this one a try.

 
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 82 votes

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5 stars

"Great for non savvy people"

October 30, 2014  |  By ChavezFreedoms

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ad Aware has made my computer usage easier and more enjoyable. I don't need to start learning about which file extensions to avoid and what sites not to go on, I wanted something simple to protect me from all of that without me having to worry about it. Ad Aware keeps everything working safely and it's barely noticeable.

Cons

none that I would mention

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5 stars

"Whoever made this deserves an award"

October 30, 2014  |  By MaistroPlz

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ran ad aware with AVG and ad aware thought AVG was a virus. Given how ineffective and slow AVG makes my system run, I'd say ad aware could be on to something. I removed AVG soon after and now only have ad aware.

Cons

The first scan and first virus definition took a while

Summary

I wont be renewing my AVG that's for sure

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4 stars

"Ad Aware has done well on my computer!"

October 30, 2014  |  By WillInDaBar

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No conflicts with other applications, no false positives, speedy scans and active protection are all I really need to prevent any virus from infecting my computer

Cons

This being free means you'll see the occasional 'upgrade to paid offer'

Summary

Wouldn't have take the time to write this if I didn't think it was worth other people knowing about it.,

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5 stars

"Non intrusive and reliable"

October 30, 2014  |  By gardencuckoo

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Free is good! Thats actually what made me download it in the first place - along with the positive feedback I've been hearing. Once I tried it, I was hooked ! It's crazy light, works so well and has prevented many a virus from making it through. I don't think anything will ever compare.

Cons

Puts me in a good mood knowing that I dont have to worry about my computer's security anymore.

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5 stars

"Downloaded this for my grandfather"

October 30, 2014  |  By Mckayerss

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Grandfather keeps getting his computer infected with viruses and of course, i'm the go to guy in the family when it comes to computer support! Normally the worst of the viruses I've seen result in having to reformat a drive or worse, replacing the computer all together but with Ad Aware I never had to worry about that. No virus is too big for Ad Aware to tackle and kill.

Cons

Easy enough for my grandfather to understand it

Summary

Its way easier than you might think and it doesn't take any time to setup.

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5 stars

"Very well rounded"

October 30, 2014  |  By JosephNJacob13

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Not much to say, it should all speak for itself once Ad Aware is installed and running on your PC. This is a marvelous free software and anyone who says otherwise obviously hasn't given it a chance. The only free anti virus that can take care of ever single aspect of your online security is Ad Aware.

Cons

Encounterd none

Summary

Who wouldn't like this ?

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3 stars

"Its okay for a free version"

October 30, 2014  |  By irishbarsonlypls

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Seen better paid ones but this ones not too bad in my experience I can't deny that. Everything was just not as quick as I thought. Im not savvy I just want this to work without me having to run scans.

Cons

I may not know what Im doing so I'd like it to be simpler

Summary

Take more time than I did to understand it

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4 stars

"Ad Aware is back on my computer"

October 30, 2014  |  By ba4prez32

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

A few versions went by before I decided to download Ad Aware again, and boy was I ever surprised once I got through the setup! Its changed drastically since the last time I've tried it and has gotten better than ever at securing my harddrive. I don't need to worry anymore now that I see it works even better than the others.

Cons

Not a single issue

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5 stars

"Deserves more than 5 stars!"

October 30, 2014  |  By Athelete90s

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No need for another companion antivirus, this one is all I need from what I can see. All viruses get blocked and no malware makes it through. Autoupdates are a nice plus!

Cons

First virus definition download can be lengthy

Summary

Ad Aware is all I need

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5 stars

"Just does what it says"

October 30, 2014  |  By Rippin4Ripper

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

The best proof of how well something works is by measuring the results which speak for themselves when it comes to Ad Aware. Fast scan and detection times with simple options and features make up the perfect ingredients for a killer antivirus.

Cons

No negatives to report on this one

Summary

Pretty tight antivirus!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.4.6792.0
  • Bug Fixing.
  • Better support for Windows 8.1.
  • Stability improvement.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date October 22, 2014
Date Added October 22, 2014
Version 11.4.6792.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.67MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,322,400
Downloads Last Week 141,565
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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