Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15573 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.06
  • Total Downloads:
    387,142,495
  • Date Added:
    May 27, 2005
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    201,421
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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Read a CNET review of the full version of Lavasoft Ad-Aware.

One of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition's excellent reputation is well justified. The sky-blue, skinnable interface features five buttons. The first two, Status and Scan, lead to the core function of the application. These buttons initiate a scan of your files for adware components. After scanning is complete, the program presents a summary of results, followed by a list from which you select exactly which components to remove. Right-clicking an individual entry gives some information about the piece of suspected adware, though we would like more details.

Ad-Aware SE can alert you to more malignant forms of malware by separating items into critical and negligible categories. The third button, Ad-Watch, is nonfunctional in the Standard version. The fourth button, Plug-ins, shows you which Ad-Aware plug-ins are installed. The fifth leads to the help files.Ad-Aware SE does an excellent job of quickly finding and removing most adware and spyware components, although you will have to restart and rescan for a seriously infected machine. We were pleased to see an auto-update feature included with the program, keeping Ad-Aware up-to-date with the latest adware components. Ad-Aware SE should be part of your arsenal for keeping your machine free of adware and spyware components.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 1925 votes

    • 5 star 1262
    • 4 star 417
    • 3 star 105
    • 2 star 53
    • 1 star 88
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15573 votes

    • 5 star 7330
    • 4 star 4247
    • 3 star 1148
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
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5 stars

"Very promising for a free security software!"

October 23, 2014  |  By GreenEggsBlueHam

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Everything I like in a security software: Active virus blocker, Quick scans, Easy interface, Non bothersome.

Cons

Didn't notice one

Summary

Oh, I forgot to mention another Pro : It's FREE!

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5 stars

"Love this program!!!!"

October 23, 2014  |  By BanginBanning-John

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Free, easy to understand, updates, live threat detection. Does not have any detectable impact on computer performance. I love how it scans everything that enters my computer.

Cons

Just started using it. I haven't had any problems yet.

Summary

Simple to use and operate.

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4 stars

"A good, reliable product."

October 23, 2014  |  By Lawon-Gordrence

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Runs in background. Straightforward scans. Automatically updates itself. Brief popup alerts go away automatically and there's a right balance between notifying and staying out of the way.

Cons

Download time took a little long.

Summary

I suggest this free one to all my friends.

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5 stars

"Very good for the average user."

October 23, 2014  |  By Natedoug3

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Complete security. It's always on with real-time protection and compliments with customizable scans. It scans the files you download and safe browsing warns you whenever you're on a dangerous site.

Cons

It's almost perfect.

Summary

Intercepts viruses in real time.

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5 stars

"Fixes problems easily."

October 23, 2014  |  By Jackier693

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Quickly scans. Updates frequently. Very little ads to upgrade to pro.

Cons

Nothing considering it's free.

Summary

It's doing very good.

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4 stars

"Longtime user. Always satisfied."

October 23, 2014  |  By Tweishaar3

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

I've been a user for a long time. Fast scans and simple to use. It's always on but doesn't slow down my PC.

Cons

The interface is pretty bland. It should be updated.

Summary

The free version provides all the security I need.

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4 stars

"Easy to work with"

October 23, 2014  |  By pat-baked

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

The interface is better then the old version. I noticed there are more scanning options. It was super easy to use, even with the new features. Updates are faster than expected, and that was a pleasant surprise. The layout of the major functions of the program are easy to understand. Even a beginner would be able to understand.

Cons

Boot up takes longer.

Summary

Provides great overall protection.

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5 stars

"Questionably one of the best ?"

October 23, 2014  |  By LocksNBolts2014

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Definitely one of the best, not questionaly! This software has saved me from dealing with dozens of close encounters and since all are family photos our digitally stored on our computer, I need to know I have the best antivirus that can protect my computer at all costs. Ad Aware has proven itself time and time again blocking any and all viruses, spyware or adware that even come close to making it inside my hard drive. Ad Aware is always on the lookout so I dont have to be and lets me focus on the more important things in life when using my computer.

Cons

Can't be mad at them or say anything negative after using such a g reat free software

Summary

Very happy to know I can finally put my trust and confidence in a free software without feeling like there's some kind of catch behind the corner.

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5 stars

"Nothing does it better than adaware"

October 23, 2014  |  By Flocking-Hens

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

> Functionality is key, adaware is very functional
> Install and configuration take a minute
> Easier than previous versions
> It's free

Cons

Like most free software, it will eventually show you an offer or two and ask you to upgrade but remember that its purely optional and protection will remain regardless

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4 stars

"Fixes and removes your computer threats"

October 23, 2014  |  By tippsforgibbs

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Superb protection with minimal intrusions, CPU and RAM usage is very nominal as well. Only uses power during deep scans but even then, it's not really noticeable. Virus definitions are downloaded automatically so you never really have to worry. No annoying ads either - major plus.

Cons

Nothing I can recall

Summary

A good antivirus should not make your computer less enjoyable to use. It should only remind you it's there when it found a threat

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date May 27, 2005
Date Added May 27, 2005
Version 1.06
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
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 to try
Limitations Real time protection disabled
Price Free

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