Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16421 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.6.306.7947
  • Total Downloads:
    389,296,076
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    130,339
  • 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

    4.5

    out of 103 votes

    • 5 star 59
    • 4 star 39
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16421 votes

    • 5 star 7868
    • 4 star 4528
    • 3 star 1171
    • 2 star 727
    • 1 star 2127
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5 stars

"Simply Great..."

March 26, 2015  |  By eyevarun

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

It removes dangerous viruses, even adwares, which other free products like Microsoft Security Essentials fail to... Maybe we would hesitate to uninstall MSE, but at least can install this one too, and get safe...

Cons

No Cons Really...

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4 stars

"Runs quickly & efficiently."

March 26, 2015  |  By chmithhte

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Found viruses that AVG missed. Fast scan times after the initial scan. Built-in guard that scans files in realtime when reading and writing to the hard drive, preventing malicious files during writing.

Cons

Free software that offers better protection than paid software. Nuff said.

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5 stars

"Simple and straightforward."

March 26, 2015  |  By Chirley-sarol

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Very quick install, super easy to configure (nearly nothing to configure). Does what it says it will.

Cons

Absolutely no problems with the program.

Summary

A great tool - I'll continue using it.

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5 stars

"Extremely good AV and malware protection."

March 26, 2015  |  By Carlrris

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

- light and uses little RAM
- Nice and easily usable interface
- Easy to setup and figure out
- Great and very useful updates that keep my laptop protected 24/7

Cons

Trying hard, can't think of any.

Summary

This is light on resources, easy to install and use. Great concept i am installing this on every computer I clean up.

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4 stars

"Great user interface and virus detection!"

March 26, 2015  |  By ClarkeD77

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

The best of all free solutions currently offered, Ad-Aware is at the top of the pyramid for me and have been for years. I love the super quick scan and the UI has always been very user friendly.

Cons

It does use a lot of resources.

Summary

It is Easy to use and you dont worry about using your computer because its protected

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5 stars

"You can rely on it"

March 26, 2015  |  By rhernan85

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

free and that is good. realtime scan is good too.

Cons

None......

Summary

I like it because it does a good job

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4 stars

"Perfect for everyday use."

March 26, 2015  |  By Kennethinson

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

I have tried so many antivirus programs in the past few years.Paid and legally purchased ones. But since i have used Ad-aware i have stuck to it.You will see for yourself the detection rate. I like the interface and the options that you have for the quality of security you want.

Cons

The one downside is that it is not quite as quick as some other products out there.

Summary

Nothing fancy but focuses on what it's primarily suppose to do.

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5 stars

"Useful For Your Browser"

March 26, 2015  |  By cleverr8rates

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

I like all parts of it, I needed this

Cons

Couldn't get it download, but then I figured it out

Summary

We do a huge amount of business stuff on our PCs, so when our project gets bungled up, we can't do the things we are acclimated to doing. This application keeps our project as we like it and as it should be. Both my companion and I value it!

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5 stars

"Good protection, system friendly"

March 25, 2015  |  By M87taylor

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Very good virus program. It is free of 'Bloatware' and doesn't drain system resources. All my laptops have been totally free of viruses , I have not had any of my devices threatened.

Cons

Didn't find any, considering it's free.

Summary

Fast. Easy to use. History of excellent reviews.

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5 stars

"Everything works great."

March 25, 2015  |  By Jackie-j77

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

The UI is clean and intuitive, the detection is miles ahead of any other free security software, the scanning is really quick and the whole software just feels really light and well made.

Cons

There aren't any issues wit this software.

Summary

Very good results for me at a terrific price.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.6.306.7947
  • Bug Fixing.
  • Better support for Windows 8.1.
  • Stability improvement.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date March 10, 2015
Date Added March 10, 2015
Version 11.6.306.7947
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.96MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 389,296,076
Downloads Last Week 130,339
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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