Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 15543 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.06
  • Total Downloads:
    386,934,315
  • Date Added:
    May 03, 2007
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    68,414
  • 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 609 votes

    • 5 star 339
    • 4 star 211
    • 3 star 29
    • 2 star 13
    • 1 star 17
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15543 votes

    • 5 star 7313
    • 4 star 4234
    • 3 star 1148
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
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  • 4 stars

    "Does the job and no hassles"

    October 21, 2014   |   By s.santoshraj

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Had a paid version of a symantec product on my laptop and it kept throwing up alerts about a trojan.gen but failed to get rid of the source file. I tried Ad-aware as a secondary level protection and ran a full scan. Hurray! It found the malicious file that was right under my nose all the while and cleaned it up. Now the alert messages from symantec have stopped.

    Cons

    However, the quick scan failed to pick up the threat.

    Summary

    A free software doing better than some paid ones; that's ad-aware for you.

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  • 4 stars

    "Does the job real well"

    October 20, 2014   |   By Dykler-Marks

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    . Installed on my computer and running for 3 years now
    . No viruses since
    . No other AV has this level of defense against malware
    . So light, you'll forget it's actually there
    . Autoupdates are a great plus

    Cons

    works faster on my flash drive than it does on my regular HDD

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  • 5 stars

    "features are excellent!"

    October 20, 2014   |   By BarettaDonna38

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    effective Antivirus with useful and simple features. easy as pie to understand and barely any configuration is required. run deep scans regularly and rest easy knowing you're protected.

    Cons

    99% of viruses get killed. why not 100 % ?

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  • 5 stars

    "5 years of virus protection"

    October 20, 2014   |   By WalterWhiteBlues

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Free extra features other free AVs do not have. Everything from the self updating to the self protection and detection has proven to me for the last 5 years that nothing beats Ad Aware.

    Cons

    I have not come across any other free software that even compares.

    Summary

    The best free version there is for total computer protection

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  • 5 stars

    "Wouldnt want another antivirus on my computer"

    October 20, 2014   |   By HitterQuitter88

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    High quality virus protection for free. doenst interfere with any applications on your operating system Not intrusive.

    Cons

    not a waste

    Summary

    Happy with what im getting with ad aware and would want everyone to give it a try.

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  • 4 stars

    "The free version works well"

    October 20, 2014   |   By Russel2fel

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    It has a nice looking interface, and many features. Simple control over the protection of my PC. emails, online, everything. And of course it's free.

    Cons

    Takes too long for it to scan the entire hard drive.

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  • 5 stars

    "Very glad I got this."

    October 20, 2014   |   By Semple-penny

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    This is the easiest anti virus software I have ever had to use, it's like a couple of clicks and everything is setup. I get alerts when something is detected and I remove it right away. It even helps me stay away from bad sites.

    Cons

    Could not find anything wrong with it.

    Summary

    It's not intrusive unless it finds a threat.

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  • 5 stars

    "Free & works well."

    October 20, 2014   |   By Anita83mitchell

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    Very easy to install. Has everyting I need. Interface is very simple, that makes using it very easy. I like the idea of real time protection working in the background without slowing me down.

    Cons

    Haven't come across any.

    Summary

    Make sure to uninstall your old antivirus first before installing Ad-aware.

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  • 4 stars

    "Antivirus I Can Trust."

    October 20, 2014   |   By MarioC75

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    My old antivirus was slowing down my PC too much, so I tried this one for free. It's the best antivirus I've ever used. It's simple to use, scans everything, real time protection and my PC works like new. I really like how it warns me when I click on something I shouldn't.

    Cons

    The only thing I don't like is the toolbar.

    Summary

    I think its even better than all the other antivirus programs I've tried.

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  • 5 stars

    "It's free and it definitely works."

    October 20, 2014   |   By Cole4Nathan

    Version: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11.4.6792.0

    Pros

    You can hardly notice it's there, even though it's always on. It uses very little system resources and the scans show constant results. After trying a bunch of different Antiviruses, this one works the best for me.

    Cons

    All Good!!

    Summary

    My PC is safer now that I have Ad-aware.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 1.06
    New in version 1.06: Disk-scan is approximately 30 percent faster. CSI scan is now more efficient. Added "Scan for low-risk threats" option, to scan for targets with low TAC index. Ad-Watch CSI engine performance highly improved; using less CPU and Memory as well as having a smaller footprint. GUI adapted to use the new TAC.
    General
    Publisher Lavasoft
    Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
    Release Date May 03, 2007
    Date Added May 03, 2007
    Version 1.06
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Anti-Spyware
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98
    Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
    Download Information
    File Size 1.67MB
    File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 386,934,315
    Downloads Last Week 68,414
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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