Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 16623 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.6.306.7947
  • Total Downloads:
    389,801,652
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 10, 2015
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.96MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    44,730
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 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 305 votes

    • 5 star 171
    • 4 star 122
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 16623 votes

    • 5 star 7980
    • 4 star 4611
    • 3 star 1177
    • 2 star 727
    • 1 star 2128
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4 stars

"Effectively identifies threats"

May 25, 2015  |  By Fleybelv

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Easy software that effectively identifies malicious threats with absolutely no fuss.

Cons

Pro version too expensive

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5 stars

"Very dependable antivirus"

May 25, 2015  |  By Bartants

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

2 rare combinations in antimalware software: Rare and Free. Go figure it actually works exactly the way its advertised.

Cons

None noted thus far

Summary

Have installed it and tried it since week 1. I have also helped friends and family use it in the past.

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5 stars

"Easy install and download"

May 25, 2015  |  By HulkDasWasabi

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Agressively and quickly seeks out viruses and spyware in all corners of my computer. Oh and it's free.

Cons

Full Scans can be lenghty on larger hard drives

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5 stars

"Job done in a few seconds"

May 25, 2015  |  By Helligence

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Nice quick scans with all the good features you'd want in antivirus

Cons

None that I have notices

Summary

Good weapon to have in the fight against viruses.

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5 stars

"Nothing to lose, it's free!"

May 25, 2015  |  By AnnFreexs

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Does the job at removing malware on almost all windows operating systems and cleans up all the junk.

Cons

Can be a little too discreet

Summary

Haven't found a better solution to keeping my computer safe.

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4 stars

"pretty awesome program"

May 25, 2015  |  By Mister-Actually

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Cracks down on all spyware and adware with ease. Little to no competition comes close to how little resources ad aware consumes while scanning.

Cons

No cons on this one

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5 stars

"Ad Aware removed 3 viruses in one shot!"

May 24, 2015  |  By Goldties33

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

- Light
- Enjoyable
- Quick
- Good UI
- Free

Cons

Didn't really go crazy over the colors in the layout.

Summary

Best antivirus out there in my opinion cause it managed to remove 3 just after my first scan.

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4 stars

"Effective and quick to act"

May 24, 2015  |  By NinjaBraces

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Complete round the clock security shielding me from all threats and uses virtually no computer power.

Cons

Still room to improve but very good so far

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5 stars

"Fights all malware quickly!"

May 24, 2015  |  By Hancebud

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Operates easily with little or no computer knowledge required. Everything is pretty much straight forward and easy to use.

Cons

First full scan took 1 hour

Summary

I use this all the time, it's a must!

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5 stars

"Powerful antivirus engine"

May 24, 2015  |  By Pitcherpt

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.6.306.7947

Pros

Red flags any suspicious programs or intrusions that may or may not have been installed intentionally. Very few false positives as well.

Cons

Doesn't offer smartphone security

Summary

Very grateful to have found Ad Aware!

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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 XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.96MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 389,801,652
Downloads Last Week 44,730
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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