Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15542 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,085,175
  • Date Added:
    October 16, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    201,421
  • 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

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  • 4 stars

    "Does the job real well"

    October 20, 2014   |   By Dykler-Marks

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    . Installed on my computer and running for 3 years now
    . No viruses since
    . No other AV has this level of defense against malware
    . So light, you'll forget it's actually there
    . Autoupdates are a great plus

    Cons

    works faster on my flash drive than it does on my regular HDD

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  • 5 stars

    "features are excellent!"

    October 20, 2014   |   By BarettaDonna38

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    effective Antivirus with useful and simple features. easy as pie to understand and barely any configuration is required. run deep scans regularly and rest easy knowing you're protected.

    Cons

    99% of viruses get killed. why not 100 % ?

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  • 5 stars

    "5 years of virus protection"

    October 20, 2014   |   By WalterWhiteBlues

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Free extra features other free AVs do not have. Everything from the self updating to the self protection and detection has proven to me for the last 5 years that nothing beats Ad Aware.

    Cons

    I have not come across any other free software that even compares.

    Summary

    The best free version there is for total computer protection

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  • 5 stars

    "Wouldnt want another antivirus on my computer"

    October 20, 2014   |   By HitterQuitter88

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    High quality virus protection for free. doenst interfere with any applications on your operating system Not intrusive.

    Cons

    not a waste

    Summary

    Happy with what im getting with ad aware and would want everyone to give it a try.

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  • 4 stars

    "The free version works well"

    October 20, 2014   |   By Russel2fel

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    It has a nice looking interface, and many features. Simple control over the protection of my PC. emails, online, everything. And of course it's free.

    Cons

    Takes too long for it to scan the entire hard drive.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very glad I got this."

    October 20, 2014   |   By Semple-penny

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    This is the easiest anti virus software I have ever had to use, it's like a couple of clicks and everything is setup. I get alerts when something is detected and I remove it right away. It even helps me stay away from bad sites.

    Cons

    Could not find anything wrong with it.

    Summary

    It's not intrusive unless it finds a threat.

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  • 5 stars

    "Free & works well."

    October 20, 2014   |   By Anita83mitchell

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Very easy to install. Has everyting I need. Interface is very simple, that makes using it very easy. I like the idea of real time protection working in the background without slowing me down.

    Cons

    Haven't come across any.

    Summary

    Make sure to uninstall your old antivirus first before installing Ad-aware.

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  • 4 stars

    "Antivirus I Can Trust."

    October 20, 2014   |   By MarioC75

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    My old antivirus was slowing down my PC too much, so I tried this one for free. It's the best antivirus I've ever used. It's simple to use, scans everything, real time protection and my PC works like new. I really like how it warns me when I click on something I shouldn't.

    Cons

    The only thing I don't like is the toolbar.

    Summary

    I think its even better than all the other antivirus programs I've tried.

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  • 5 stars

    "It's free and it definitely works."

    October 20, 2014   |   By Cole4Nathan

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    You can hardly notice it's there, even though it's always on. It uses very little system resources and the scans show constant results. After trying a bunch of different Antiviruses, this one works the best for me.

    Cons

    All Good!!

    Summary

    My PC is safer now that I have Ad-aware.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great anti virus & anti malware software."

    October 20, 2014   |   By Donharvey5

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    The real time protection works perfectly, and most of the time, I cant even tell this is running. I got this I think pretty much since it came out, and still can't find anything wrong with it.

    Cons

    Full system scan take a while.

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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 16, 2014
    Date Added October 16, 2014
    Version 11.4.6792.0
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Anti-Spyware
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.67MB
    File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 387,085,175
    Downloads Last Week 201,421
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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