Ad-Aware Free Internet Security

Ad-Aware Free Internet Security

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15956 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.3.3
  • Total Downloads:
    387,859,624
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 18, 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

    3.9

    out of 112 votes

    • 5 star 40
    • 4 star 47
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15956 votes

    • 5 star 7578
    • 4 star 4369
    • 3 star 1160
    • 2 star 726
    • 1 star 2123
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5 stars

"like the way it blocks popups, easy download"

December 05, 2010  |  By charlie maguti

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

like the way it blocks popups

Cons

can't think of any yet

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4 stars

"Easy to use; gets the job done"

December 04, 2010  |  By funnymanmalcolm

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

Easy to download; easy to use; real-time protection

Cons

I can't think of anything.

Summary

Simple to use..... There's real-time protection, and two types of scanning: quick scans and full scans.

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5 stars

"Did the Job and Solved My Headache!"

December 04, 2010  |  By Ozzieville56

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

Easy and efficient

Cons

Slow, but who cares?

Summary

I'm a little surprised that this product doesn't rate higher. Recently my web browser was hijacked by malware that made it impossible to get into my Gmail account and directed my web searches to spam sites. My paid-up Kaspersky software didn't block the malware. I did a scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Spybot - Search and Destroy -- no relief. Then I tried Ad Aware. Ad Aware took a couple of hours to do the scan, but it worked -- it found a couple of "highly dangerous" malware installations and wiped them out. For free. I'm a fan!

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4 stars

"Easy free and uncomplicated"

December 04, 2010  |  By pepegracia

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

It's free. It's easy to use

Cons

It's slow. Malware detection?

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1 stars

"will not load, does not work"

December 03, 2010  |  By Ottawan1

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

It does not work there is nothing to like. Where are the old days when it was good.

Cons

Huge program, long installation then it did not and continues to not work.

Summary

waste of time

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3 stars

"FREE INTERNET SECURITY?????"

November 30, 2010  |  By Virus6851

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

detections ok

Cons

They Say FREE but yet it only gives u Process protection For FREE! not the rest of the componets u Have to Pay to get FULL REALTIME PROTECTIOn

Summary

Its ok ive used it in the past But BEWARE not FREE u have to pay to get full protection but other than that its 3 stars at most currently

Updated on Nov 30, 2010

Still Load of **** I felt bad so i boosted them 1 star up they really deserve a 2

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4 stars

"Great product, used for years,will continue to use"

November 30, 2010  |  By brandreth

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

Very simple to install and use, just does it's work quietly and efficiently

Cons

Can't think of a con

Summary

Just simple and effective, great for the ordinary reasonably proficioent pc user.

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2 stars

"Take too much control over youre computer"

November 30, 2010  |  By Nicce70

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

Well it can find and remove malware

Cons

I liked the older versions better, that where possible to run when you felt you needed that. Now it's installing some stuff that's autostarting all over, and difficult to remove or inactivate.

Summary

Wish it could be more as it were for some years ago

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5 stars

"excellent cover for mainline sequrity"

November 30, 2010  |  By brijoy3

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

removes any findings automatically

Cons

there is nothing that i have found so far

Summary

its free but it does what it says on the tin !

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4 stars

"I BELIEVE it´s good, but how should I really know?"

November 30, 2010  |  By larsjarnstedt

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Internet Security 8.3.3

Pros

Easy handling

Cons

Takes a ltttle time

Summary

Good

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.3.3
  • A fix for an archive scanning bug causing crashes on some systems.
  • A fix for an issue that prevented the Ad-Aware window from closing properly when you shut down the application from the Notification Area (tray) icon.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date September 08, 2010
Date Added October 18, 2010
Version 8.3.3
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows
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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