Ad-Aware Free Internet Security

Ad-Aware Free Internet Security

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15563 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.3.3
  • Total Downloads:
    387,142,495
  • Date Added:
    October 18, 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

    3.9

    out of 112 votes

    • 5 star 40
    • 4 star 47
    • 3 star 11
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 10
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    3.9

    out of 15563 votes

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    • 4 star 4243
    • 3 star 1148
    • 2 star 725
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5 stars

"Installed it on all my computers."

October 22, 2014  |  By CourtneyH84

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

So far it's the best one i've tried. The first scan found what was wrong, right away. I deleted 3 trojans that Mcafee couldn't even find and now my computer works great.

Cons

No issues. I just called customer service.

Summary

This is an excellent free program.

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4 stars

"There's a lot to like here."

October 22, 2014  |  By McGary81

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I'm always wary of free programs but ad-aware is the exception. Downloading and setup was easy enough. I love how it automatically deals with threats and guards while I surf the web. I ended paying for the full version because I need the parental controls.

Cons

Please include parental controls with the free version.

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4 stars

"Happy with the performance."

October 22, 2014  |  By dover-john

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Ad-aware has been around forever, It's the must have security software for your computer. It's got tons of security features, for complete protection and it's easy to use.

Cons

It does slow my system down a little.

Summary

I think it's one of the best free programs you can get.

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5 stars

"My PC is safer with Ad-aware."

October 22, 2014  |  By j3calles

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

This program has a great features and is really easy to use. From now on I'm only using this with my windows security. This is the best AV period!

Cons

None with this version.

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4 stars

"Just plain good."

October 22, 2014  |  By Sny-vince

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I've never had any problems with this program. It's the simplest and most efficient antivirus. I can scan my whole computer or just my back up drive.

Cons

Safe search is not for me.

Summary

Ad-aware never lets me down.

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5 stars

"Excellent protection."

October 22, 2014  |  By Billruiz222

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Didn't expect it to be this good. Everything went smoothly. Installation, scanning were both simple to figure out. The real time protection is excellent and you only notice it when it detects something wrong. I can even scan my backup drive.

Cons

I don't think there are any.

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4 stars

"The only one you can rely on"

October 22, 2014  |  By TroyFootballStar

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Even on an older computer running windows Vista, with about 2 gb of memory and a 1.5 Core 2 Duo , Ad Aware runs without a single hitch. I can see myself using this on any newer computer I get in the future.

Cons

Few upgrade offers and slightly slower boot times.

Summary

Easy self servicing product that works on any computer for free.

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5 stars

"Still the best, still free"

October 22, 2014  |  By Carolknowsbest

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Friendly for all user levels, including mine: complete beginner. Setup was easy enough for me to take care of it but getting to know the navigation and features took a few minutes. Thankfully everything is relatively straighforward. Aside from the major pro of Ad Aware being free, it also plays nicely with all my other programs, doesn't alert me to anything that might not really be a threat - think thats known as a false positive. Also Ad Aware does a fantastic job at letting me know of any potentially unsecure sites I might stumble across.

Cons

I find the general look and colors could be updated a bit.

Summary

If you have 3 minutes , an internet connection and want a free antivirus program, than I would recommend Ad Aware.

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5 stars

"Top of the line performance"

October 22, 2014  |  By Jason2Bourne

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I've tried numerous other free anti-virus programs but somehow always end up reinstalling Ad Aware. None of them compete on the same level and none of them offer the free protection and features Ad Aware provides. Other anti-virus programs seem to slow down your computer during any kind of use, while Ad Aware works without dragging your resources down with it.

Cons

Unaware of anything that might lead to me speak negatively about this

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4 stars

"Computer is safe, works better than expected"

October 22, 2014  |  By TimToolMan95

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Dependable protection with some very cool features that will definitely come in handy day in and day out. Deep scans are incredibly effective and automatic updates keep my computer secure 24/7.

Cons

I've had AD AWARE installed now for about 8 months and have no qualms with it to date.

Summary

8 months with AD AWARE and no issues, only wish I got this sooner.

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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 Vista 64-bit, Windows, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit
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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