Ad-Aware Free Internet Security

Ad-Aware Free Internet Security

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15553 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    387,142,495
  • Date Added:
    August 17, 2010
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    201,421
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000 Professional/Vista 64-bit/7 32-bit/Vista 32-bit/7 64-bit/XP 32-bit

Editors' Review

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One of the first applications built to find and remove malware and spyware, Ad-Aware's reputation is well-justified. The latest version continues the publisher's tradition of adroitly addressing user concerns, but flaws remain.

Building on the improvements made in version 8, former Ad-Aware users should be glad to hear that the program installs faster than before. This version of Ad-Aware offers two new features to users of the free version that had previously been restricted to the paid upgrades: antivirus protection, and a long-awaited scheduler. The AV protection comes courtesy Sunbelt, makers of Vipre. Ad-Aware 8.3 loads faster during your boot cycle, and scans are fast. Empirical tests noted that while the Quick Scan finished in less than 10 minutes for version 8, the current version's Quick Scan finished in under 3 minutes. Previous files that had been falsely detected as threats weren't flagged this time around, probably due in part to Ad-Aware's behavioral detection engine. Called Genotype, it's based on heuristics and uses a one-pass scanning system. Genotype isn't directly exposed to users, although you can opt in to anonymously contribute data from the Settings menu. The new version also explicitly calls out in the scan windows what the scan looks for.

At least in our tests, the latest Ad-Aware Free performs slightly slower than the previous version, probably because of the integrated antivirus engine. While rootkit detection is present, behavior-based heuristics and real-time registry protection are not. Ad-Aware Free cannot scan networked drives. The proprietary real-time defender Ad-Watch Live has been reconfigured to run more smoothly in the background, however, and longtime fans will notice the change. While the free version is still undeniably hamstrung, Ad-Aware continues to make improvements and seems to be unwilling to rest on its malware-removing laurels.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 128 votes

    • 5 star 41
    • 4 star 51
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 5
    • 1 star 23
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15553 votes

    • 5 star 7319
    • 4 star 4238
    • 3 star 1148
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
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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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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 8.3.1
    • Changes have been made to the archive scanning, improving Ad-Aware's ability to find malware within archives.
    • A number of trusted programs have been added to the Ad-Aware whitelist, making sure that they are not detected.
    General
    Publisher Lavasoft
    Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
    Release Date August 11, 2010
    Date Added August 17, 2010
    Version 8.3.1
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Anti-Spyware
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows
    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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