Ad-Aware

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0.7
  • Total Downloads:
    387,142,495
  • Date Added:
    July 09, 2009
  • File Size:
    1.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    201,421
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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One of the first applications built to find and remove adware and spyware, Ad-Aware's excellent reputation is well-justified. The Anniversary Edition continues the publisher's tradition of adroitly addressing user concerns, but is still not quite perfect.

Without a doubt, though, this version of Ad-Aware improves greatly on what has come before. It loads faster during your boot cycle. Scans take less time than before, too--the Quick Scan completed in less than 10 minutes. Although we did notice a major false positive crop up for another program's uninstaller, there were no other flaws in the scan. New users should notice that the app performs faster than integrated antivirus and antimalware programs, because only the paid version of Ad-Aware comes with an antivirus engine.

Some important features are disabled in the free version. While rootkit detection is present, heuristics and real-time registry protection are not. Ad-Aware Free cannot scan networked drives, and even a basic feature like the scheduler remains off-limits to nonpaying customers. The proprietary real-time defender Ad-Watch Live has been reconfigured to run more smoothly in the background, however, and long-time fans will notice the change.

Interface refinements make this the easiest-to-use Ad-Aware yet. Action button placement at the bottom of the pane might feel odd to those familiar with older versions, but the forced continuity between windows is a plus. Links to drill down to more information are easy to see, as is the Settings button. Overall, Ad-Aware continues to make improvements and seems to be unwilling to rest on its malware-removing laurels, but the free version is undeniably hamstrung.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 108 votes

    • 5 star 27
    • 4 star 42
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 20
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 15563 votes

    • 5 star 7324
    • 4 star 4243
    • 3 star 1148
    • 2 star 725
    • 1 star 2123
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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 8.0.7
Version 8.0.7 adds new adware definitions.
General
Publisher Lavasoft
Publisher web site http://www.lavasoft.com
Release Date July 09, 2009
Date Added July 09, 2009
Version 8.0.7
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Anti-Spyware
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
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 to try
Limitations Not available
Price $27.96

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