Ad-Aware Free Internet Security

Ad-Aware Free Internet Security

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15927 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    387,859,624
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 17, 2010
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    70,168
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in Anti-Spyware

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 15927 votes

    • 5 star 7559
    • 4 star 4360
    • 3 star 1159
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2123
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5 stars

"one of the best"

October 23, 2010  |  By RobtDT

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

simple to use & efficient

Cons

none currently

Summary

one of the best & free version is sufficient

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4 stars

"Good product."

October 18, 2010  |  By ajpeak

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

Easy to use. Minimal configuration required

Cons

Slow. Takes a long time to do a full scan.

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4 stars

"Excellent product"

October 17, 2010  |  By srk1945

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

Catches threats and ad cookies that others do not

Cons

I don't have any dislikes

Summary

As always, one of the best products in this arena.

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4 stars

"no problems with it"

October 16, 2010  |  By terrishannon915

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

no problems

Cons

n/a...can not think of anything to write, but have to have 10 characters in order to submit

Summary

no problems-can not write anything for I'm not computer literate & only realize a problem when something happens....so far, nothing bad has happened [other than my computer would not download these programs for several weeks; also had other problems with computer]

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4 stars

"Excellent product"

October 16, 2010  |  By CliveCaulfield

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

Easy to use and requiring no computer skills

Cons

Nothing to complain about

Summary

Although I have little computer skill this product is easy to use and stays in the background while I get on with everything else.

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1 stars

"Doesn't work for me"

October 16, 2010  |  By Redboxer

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

None at this stage

Cons

Will not install on my desktop running WinXP.SP3.
Calls for a manual install of MS Visual Runtime C++ SP1.
Ad-Aware will still not install following Runtime install.
Had same problem with V8.2 and abandoned it.
Am still running V8.1.

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4 stars

"Excellent job and the price is right"

October 13, 2010  |  By David Vank

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

Long experience with it on several OS, all good.

Cons

May confllict with SpyBot, another of my favorites. So far no problem.

Summary

Would recommend it to any Windows user (no experience with other systems). Has caught several problems for me over the years, and is improving.

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4 stars

"Very good protection against spyware and adware."

October 12, 2010  |  By progan01

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

Comprehensive scanner, easy scheduler, good reports when it finishes.

Cons

Free product must be manually updated; on-screen alerts do not provide details of what changes you approve or disapprove, limited browser protection.

Summary

This is one in a series of security tools I use. On the whole it's easy to use and does a good job of detecting most deliberate adware, but I could use a little more info when it tells me something's trying to change my Windows Security Policies - allow? not allow? Like, what's it changing, and from what TO what?

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5 stars

"Very good protection easy to use"

October 12, 2010  |  By Raynald 2005

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

He found virus and malware that my antivirus software dont found

Cons

Complete scan a little bit too long but ok its take time to found all the problem

Summary

Complete scan a little bit too long ,but ok, he found malware ,trojan,and virus i recommend Ad-Aware free internet security

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4 stars

"Good basic program"

October 12, 2010  |  By indiana307

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.1

Pros

Easy to install; does a good basic job

Cons

Got hung up because I was running another similar program. Be sure to disengage anything else like AA Free.

Summary

I decided to upgrade to Ad Aware Pro and I'm very pleased. I use my other similar program simply for it's excellent system clean-up bells and whistles. I understand Lavasoft has a new total security program with similar bells and whistles but they are not offering any sort of "deal" to former Pro subscribers.

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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 2000 Professional, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP 32-bit
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.84MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 387,859,624
Downloads Last Week 70,168
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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