Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15594 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 15594 votes

    • 5 star 7342
    • 4 star 4254
    • 3 star 1150
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
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4 stars

"Great product I've used for years."

October 25, 2014  |  By Leo-D854

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Free all around PC security. I've been using ad-aware since it was anti-spyware software.It's as effective as ever. It finds all the threats and the live protection doesn't slow my PC to a halt. This program continues to be a reference in PC security software.

Cons

Initial scan is long but it gets better.

Summary

It scanned my computer and fixed it.

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5 stars

"Protects and doesnt wreck PC like other Free antiviruse"

October 25, 2014  |  By CharlesSingletaryw

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

WOW ok, so AD AWARE is 100% legit ! Not gonna say which ones Cough *AVAST* Cough *AVG* slowed down my computer the point where I wanted to trash it and replace it all together. The resource footprint some of these antiviruses had on my computer slowed it down to a crawl and resulted in a lot of fasle positives along with some nasty viruses making it through my supposed firewall. Well no longer! I installed Ad Aware last month and have seen a night and day difference in everything; no intrusions, no pop ups, complete protection, kickass firewall, website protection and very thorough yet quick deep scans.

Cons

Not really a con, but I'd like to see a different interface next version.

Summary

A must for any person using a PC or laptop with Windows

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5 stars

"Long time Ad Aware fan"

October 25, 2014  |  By BeefedUpWorkouts

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Over the last 5 years, I've purchased 4 computers and had Ad Aware installed and operating on all of them. I stuck with it every time I was ready upgrade and with no regrets despite the range of operating systems I was working with. From Windows XP to the new Windows 8 it ran almost flawlessly with no operational issues and many functional benefits. Thanks to Ad Aware, I was able to successfully identify any bit of malicious software that tried attacking my systems and immediately block it from every gaining access.

Cons

Huge improvement year after year on all versions.

Summary

It's going to take a lot for me to trust another antivirus this much!

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4 stars

"Finest AV with a pricetag that read 0"

October 25, 2014  |  By PoliticalMute83

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

How can a software so useful, so versatile and so effective, be offered for FREE ? I have no idea how Lavasoft can keep itself afloat if it offers an AV with the same protection power than its paid counterparts.

Cons

Loving Ad Aware Free and how well it protects my PC

Summary

Hats off to Lavasoft

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5 stars

"Superior in every way"

October 25, 2014  |  By Friday-isnear

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Easy and quick to get up and running, took me a bout 4 minutes to download and install on my 64 bit windows 7 OS.

Cons

I'd like Lavasoft to make an Android version of Ad Aware

Summary

Superior to the free competition in every way but mostly because it doesnt annoy you with pop ups and actually stops any virus or malware dead in it's tracks.

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4 stars

"I've tried them all, Ad Aware is the best"

October 25, 2014  |  By TheHobbiest21

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Never a bother, works the way I want it too, consistent system security, hardly notice it except for when it finds a virus, Free and stable

Cons

haven't found any

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4 stars

"Smaller in size, but touger than others"

October 25, 2014  |  By OscarMeyersTrucker

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Small installation size means a quicker setup but don't let that fool you, Ad Aware packs a hell of a lot of power in that tiny package. Great look and feel. Nothing gets through this malware forcefield.

Cons

Nothing suggests there are any

Summary

If you haven't already tried it, than don't waste any more of your time reading and download it.

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5 stars

"My PC is protected from all sides."

October 25, 2014  |  By Cranderson875

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Top of the line antivirus. The real time protection is espcially efficient if you're always online, like me. Safe browsing, download scans, emails scans....everything is checked. The controls are simple and the detection consistent. Not many false positives.

Cons

At this time, none.

Summary

The real time protection catches everything.

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5 stars

"Solid AV & spyware protection."

October 25, 2014  |  By Aldicks

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Very user friendly interface. Fast scans and a toolbar that is surprisingly useful. It made my computer noticeably faster.

Cons

Nothing bad to say.

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5 stars

"Fixes problems easily."

October 25, 2014  |  By El-Jessie-rod

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

Pros

Very light antivirus. It doesn't slow down my system. It's easy to use and very good at removing viruses, spyware, trojans,.....you name it. It does everything an antivirus should without crippling your PC.

Cons

Haven't had any trouble so far.

Summary

A great tool to have.

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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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