Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15553 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,142,495
  • 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.6

    out of 61 votes

    • 5 star 36
    • 4 star 23
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 0
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  • 4 stars

    "Finds any issues quickly!"

    October 21, 2014   |   By BOjaBoja2

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Founnd malware that AVG, AVAST and Macafee did not after months of scans with other software, I decided to give up and just download Ad Aware after a friend told me it helped him get rid of trojans that were slowing down his machine and remained undetected with Windows Defender. Ad Aware caught 7 suspicious files that have been on my computer this whole time without me knowin !! God knows that information they were after. Removal was quick and easy and I run a deep scan at least once every 2 days now to make sure i'm always on point!

    Cons

    The con is that I didn't know Ad Aware even existed before.

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  • 5 stars

    "Free and low on resources"

    October 21, 2014   |   By Leo2Jackson90

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Blocks all malicious websites or files an alerts you to make you aware of its findings. Works perfectly on all my browsers and both my laptops with great effeciency.

    Cons

    Do I really need both my windows firewall and the ad aware firewall ?

    Summary

    Active protection gives the best security to your computer by making sure Ad Aware is never caught off guard by any malicious software.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best in class FREE anti virus product"

    October 21, 2014   |   By Frankenscences1

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    - Automatic Updates
    - Navigation is easy
    - Easy to learn and adapt
    - No better scanning system
    - Game Mode is a great feature

    Cons

    Nope, only pros!

    Summary

    Does great work at catching viruses and it's free!

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  • 4 stars

    "Good antivirus for general use."

    October 21, 2014   |   By med603

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    The first program I installed after I finished building my PC. The interface is clean, protection is always on and checks emails and websites you're on. As a free program its one of the best.

    Cons

    Full scans can take a while.

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  • 5 stars

    "Stick with the best."

    October 21, 2014   |   By J-lithtle

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    I tried many different programs and I keep coming back to ad-aware. The combination of simplicity, detection rate, and top notch features is just better than the rest. I recommend it to everyone.

    Cons

    I'm still waiting for it to go wrong.

    Summary

    Catches all in the wild viruses.

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  • 5 stars

    "Hard to find anything better."

    October 21, 2014   |   By PoovT3everet

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    free
    fast
    Good detection rate
    Low system usage.
    Free tech support.
    Game mode

    Cons

    There's nothig bad to say.

    Summary

    I recommend this to anyone who doesn't want to pay for an antivirus.

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  • 5 stars

    "The best antivirus i've used."

    October 21, 2014   |   By Omegaf88

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    For me this program is outstanding. I wasn't sure what to do but after I called customer service, they got me up and running. I scanned and deleted all the viruses and now I don't have to worry about a thing.

    Cons

    Download time was a little long.

    Summary

    I like this program. It's the best antivirus I've tried.

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  • 4 stars

    "Lightweight & live detection."

    October 21, 2014   |   By Talker-tim

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Simple navigation, Live protection, scans emails, downloads, websites and detection rate is superior to most. It's an ideal antivirus if your always online, like me.

    Cons

    I have no cons to mention.

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  • 5 stars

    "Ad-aware kicks ass."

    October 21, 2014   |   By Collon-crow

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Very good for the average user like me. Simple controls are easy to understand and a pleasure to use. It doesn't use up a lot of memory, my PC has been clean since installing this and it works good.

    Cons

    No problems at all.

    Summary

    Download and try this program. It's fantastic.

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  • 4 stars

    "Covers all your bases"

    October 21, 2014   |   By RichardRitches

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Uses the least amount of resources out of all antiviruses and has been rated as the best free antivirus by independant labs. Beautiful and attractive interface with a simple to use naviagtion and menu

    Cons

    no reason for me to think there are any negatives.

    Summary

    I can always rely on Ad Aware regardless of the threat it faces.

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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 387,142,495
    Downloads Last Week 201,421
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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