Ad-Aware Total Security

Ad-Aware Total Security

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 11 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    11.2.5952
  • Total Downloads:
    52,677
  • Date Added:
    June 03, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.63MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    61
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

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Editors' Review

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Ad-Aware has faced its ups and downs over the past few years, shimmying in and out of relevancy. Though last year's version was an overall improvement over its prior incarnations, our review staff had ultimately concluded that there was still some maturing to do if Lavasoft was aiming to reclaim the throne as top security honcho.

Gone is the Vipre scanner that powered it before and Ad-Aware now comes primarily powered by Bitdefender's core security engine and with added perks and utilities.

The installation process isn't exactly short when you include the extra download time to grab the virus definitions but it's not unbearable. Like many other security programs before it, Ad-Aware does come bundled with an in-house toolbar; but before you go on snickering in disgust, it's actually a surprisingly useful utility.

The toolbar add-on is one of the least obnoxious things we've ever used among browser bundles. Granted most toolbars are a hindrance, but Ad-Aware's security toolbar actually provided some value. In fact, we'd even go so far as to recommend it if you find yourself constantly trying to remove unintended toolbar installations and BHO add-ons that mysteriously appear inside your browser. Ad-Aware's toolbar comes with three basic features: a built in search that's powered by Yahoo!, a Web profile that indicates if a page is safe to visit...and a toolbar remover.

Regardless of which browsers you have installed, the tool actually identifies all third-party toolbars installed across the three major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE). It'll not only guide you through the uninstall/removal process, but Ad-Aware's security bar takes you directly to the control panel to help you remove other remaining dependencies. In other words, it's a cleaner that actually works. Each widget is mutable a la Firefox extensions.

Ad-Aware 11 has slimmed down, visually, even more so than last year's release. The overall menu is cleaner, with thinner fonts and a drastically streamlined menu layout, providing an overall more pleasant experience that gives you a bit more room to breathe. The bottom pull-up shows only basic components and keeps unnecessary social widgets neatly tucked away. The entire overall feel is almost Webapp like.

Gone is the breadcrumb-style interface: Instead Ad-Aware 11 maintains a permanent left-side panel for quick access. All of its tools are still there, but just much more neatly organized inside their respective categories.

The AV-TEST Institute hasn't published individual reports for Ad-Aware 11 yet, but according to the most recent August Real-World Protection Test, Bitdefender scored the highest protection rate at 100 percent, with Trend Micro being the only other competitor to match. Since then, Lavasoft has also claimed even more impressive conclusions based on their own internal evaluations, but we'll have to see those benchmarks confirmed as the product becomes more widely distributed.

Full scan took about 19 minutes and 12 seconds on our test machine and Ad-Aware provides the standard trio of Quick, Full, and Custom scanning options. Boot and shut-down performance were initially impacted, clocking in at a whole 90.82 seconds for boot and 13 seconds to shut down. However, Ad-Aware 11 also takes some time to get adjusted to your system and, sure enough, boot and shut down times stabilized the second and third time around, clocking in at an average 44.75 seconds and 9.04 seconds, respectively.

Bottom Line:

Ad-Aware 11 represents a huge comeback by Lavasoft and has responded to basically all of our criticisms from last year's review. System impact, scanning efficacy, and design have all been improved across the board and pricing is set competitively. If you're still on the fence about which free security suite to install, then you might want to give this one a try.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"effective but slow loading pages"

February 26, 2014  |  By andrewfischlein

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 11.1.5354

Pros

catching threats my other programs do not

Cons

extremely slow loading pages that I use all the time

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4 stars

"much better"

February 01, 2014  |  By Luchanov1

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 11.1.5354

Pros

finally I can apply the upgrades without having to uninstall Norton 360 each time. I like how we're given the option as a secondary security app. good thinking. adaware has found stuff Norton has missed and vice versa

Cons

no probs now

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1 stars

"Full of Adware!"

September 06, 2012  |  By Samaj4300

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 1.0

Pros

This program was once great, not sure what the pros are now.

Cons

This program installs tons of junkware including search conduit Chrome browser hijacker. I am still having trouble removing all the adware Adaware installed on my computer.

Summary

It is actually hard to believe that a program designed to block adware, actually installs it on your computer! Wow!

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3 stars

"Looks Terrible than the version I've gotten cracked"

June 23, 2012  |  By Ratterify

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 1.0

Pros

Decent scan system, good Scan settings though.

Cons

Too large of file, un-needed space. unfitting name.

Summary

Was an a-ok product. Worth the use.

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1 stars

"Wont buy again"

March 11, 2012  |  By nothappy2

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 1.0

Pros

none that I have found

Cons

No tech support. Cannot use email filter(erases all emails). Cannot use scheduled scans(bluescreens).Updating takes all computer resources. No way to shut down scan from cold boot accept manually. Advertised per a computer but is really per a drive. Does not filter malicious websites.

Summary

Lavasoft was a great and trustworthy company until they where sold to solaria (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/11/lavasoft_has_new_owners/)
wish I knew this before I bought it.

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4 stars

"Great product for good value"

August 08, 2011  |  By TheoRijnbeek

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 1.0

Pros

Easy to use - allround protection

Cons

None that I could find after using it for a year

Summary

I could highly recommend this one and I will surely renew my license (but I'm hoping to receive an even better offer from Lavasoft :-) )

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5 stars

"8 ?????? ?? 10"

May 02, 2011  |  By Mihail1982

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 1.0

Pros

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Cons

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5 stars

"it was great product that eveyone should downloaad."

January 25, 2011  |  By atul_420

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 1.0

Pros

It is a great download.They need to give more full version versions for free.

Cons

I did not find any cons.

Summary

It is a great download.

Updated on Feb 3, 2011

Had to unstall since it was slowing the computer down

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2 stars

"could not update"

January 04, 2011  |  By BUCKPERSON

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 1.0

Pros

seemed to be powerful

Cons

hard to use it

Summary

could not update

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4 stars

"Inexpensive and easy to use. A very good program"

October 30, 2010  |  By mrtee

 |  Version: Ad-Aware Total Security 1.0

Pros

This prigram does everything that I require

Cons

Hard to update at times.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 11.2.5952
  • Bug Fixing
  • Improved User interface
  • New Real-time Protection Settings
  • Support for easier sample collection
  • Better Malware Engine Performance
  • Updated disinfection process
  • Improved email protection
  • New email protection safe list
  • Updated anti-spam
  • Revamped parental control (in partnership with BluePrintData)
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date June 03, 2014
Date Added June 03, 2014
Version 11.2.5952
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Internet Security Software Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.63MB
File Name Adaware_Installer.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 52,677
Downloads Last Week 61
Pricing
License Model Purchase
Limitations Not available
Price $36

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