Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15911 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.4.6792.0
  • Total Downloads:
    387,850,546
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 22, 2014
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    70,168
  • 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

    4.6

    out of 358 votes

    • 5 star 231
    • 4 star 116
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15911 votes

    • 5 star 7550
    • 4 star 4354
    • 3 star 1158
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2123
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5 stars

"Greatly improved computer security"

December 17, 2014  |  By perkytroll

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

NEw layout with the ultimate protection tools. It's got an antiroot kit tool as well as automatic downloads of updates. Best protection bar none against online hackers and identity thieves and its trusted by hundreds of millions around the world.

Cons

Stepped up the antivirus game, no issues

Summary

Best all time protection

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5 stars

"Replaced Panda with Ad Aware"

December 17, 2014  |  By rubsnexi

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Keeps my computer healthy and properly tuned. Free for life, not like those one that are only free for 30 days or the ones that force upgrade notifications 24.7. It protects my computer well and offers powerful tools for security.

Cons

None so far

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4 stars

"This is the one"

December 17, 2014  |  By allisuper1989

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Performance on this was very impressive and results were concrete. Ad Aware is the clear winner in the antivirus war because it has managed to do whwat so many others have failed to do. It kept my computer protected despite an onslaught of viruses that threatened to wipe my hard drive clean. Luckily, I Ad Aware was there to help ensure my protection.

Cons

No customer service

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5 stars

"Looks great and works even better"

December 17, 2014  |  By boltedscent

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

No issues with the download or installation. To make sure the installation went smoothly, I deactivated my built in windows firewall. I then reactivated after the installation completed. Ad Aware options are v ery easy to configure, for example, I can schedule scans to whatever time of day I want.

Cons

Not a problem with ad aware but I hate the cnet downloader

Summary

Ad Aware is worth trying

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4 stars

"Saved me money!"

December 17, 2014  |  By Logikelly39

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Installed this on every one of my family member's computers and saved a lot of money. It's simple enough for every one of them to use and good enough that I never need to worry about their computers getting infected with a bad virus.

Cons

Updates can be lengthy

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5 stars

"Wasn't able to find a better free antivirus"

December 17, 2014  |  By NinjaNeo

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Tried em all, from Avast and AVG to Panda and Avira, they all had one thing in common:They brought my system to a slow crawl to the point where it became unbearable to multitask while running a scan or updating. Ad Aware is the only I've ever tried that actually reduced the load on my processing power and ram even while it was in use.

Cons

No cons to mention

Summary

Reduced pop ups and blocked all viruses

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5 stars

"So good, I can't even tell its running"

December 16, 2014  |  By Contagient0

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Works well and very quietly without me noticing its there but it's always quick to detect any threat from any source. Also keeps browser protected with active web threat detection.

Cons

Saved me a lot of money so nothing negative to add

Summary

Happy and keeping it

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4 stars

"Significantly better free antimalware"

December 16, 2014  |  By Pyroxxill

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Easy dashboard and operational features. Gets the job done without a fuss or any technical glitches. Boot time is just as quick after install and computer has already been spared of 2 viruses Ad Aware intercepted.

Cons

Good for older computers

Summary

Best AV IMO

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4 stars

"The free AV tthat helps my PC"

December 16, 2014  |  By JohnSimaJ

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Always liked Ad Aware, seems to have very little inteference with any of my computer programs that I run simultaniously, I like to game so I need an antivirus that wouldnt slow me down while scanning and gaming.

Cons

Wish there were no viruses

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5 stars

"Everything I need in a simple package"

December 16, 2014  |  By Matzolt

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Good application for less advanced users looking to get something cost effective that performs as advertised. Its quick scanning and highly rated virus identification ability have made this my go-to antivirus application of choice.

Cons

wanted an OSX version

Summary

Others cause more issues than they resolve, Ad Aware ties up all the loose ends

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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 XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.67MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,850,546
Downloads Last Week 70,168
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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