Most users will be acquainted with Ad-Aware , the anti-spyware app that’s been around for more than a decade. In version 10, designers Lavasoft made the jump through anti-spyware to fully-fledged antivirus. In version 11, they’ve improved plus tweaked it to produce a security suite which they claim significantly outperforms all other free anti-virus and anti-malware products.
Slick plus intuitive user interface
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ looks clean and simple, taking advantage of the streamlined appearance of Windows 8. Installation is fast although it does try to launch a scan upon start-up. You are able to skip this if you like and most likely presented with a clean interface that is certainly clearly divided into separate functions along the left-hand side, namely Home, Scan Computer, RealTime Protections, Web Protection, Network Safety, App Management .
3 different types of tests
Ad-Aware offers lots of scan options, making things very flexible for the consumer. There are 3 initial scan choices, Quick, Full plus Custom . The Custom option is particularly nice, allowing you to completely customize the scan with easy checkbox inclusions. You can also schedule scans, a must-have option for a modern antivirus. Scans aren’t particularly quick, but could be paused if you find they are slowing-down the body too much. LavaSoft have beefed-up the power of the anti-virus engine by presenting the award winning
Easy to manage plus Gaming Mode
The rest of Ad-Aware’s options are separated into two parts – the ones under Protection Settings (top right hands corner) and under Options . Under Protection Settings, you’ll be able to tweak the current protection and browsing options, although Safe Browsing can only be enabled and disabled, and not customized. Under Ad-Aware’s Main Options, there are various configurations related to basic operation, updates plus an explanation of Video gaming Mode (although this can be quickly toggled in the main interface plus from the task bar).
4 different versions available
Although Ad-Aware Free AntiVirus+ is comprehensive and powerful enough for most needs, there are actually 4 other versions of Ad-Aware available offering slightly different functionality which is something that users of Ad-Aware might find confusing under the settings of Advanced Protection.
These are different according to which version of Ad-Aware you are running. Ad-Aware eleven is available in four versions including this i. e.
In effect, they are the same but more advanced features provided as you move through the versions. This will annoy some users who would try some fine fully comprehensive free version but at least Ad-Aware doesn’t nag you to upgrade.
Total Protection above the NSA?
It’s worth noting that Lavasoft claim that Ad-Aware Total Security also includes Lavasoft Privacy Resource which has been built in partnership with Sweden’s renowned SafeIT Security (which Lavasoft claim can even protect you from the gets to of the NSA). For those in search of serious protection, it may be worth checking-out exactly what Total Security can offer.
A serious rival to the big boys
In all, we’re amazed at Ad-Aware’s addition of BitDefender towards the antivirus suite, and we’re looking forward to trying it over time and viewing what future updates bring. Today, it’s a solid app, with amazing detection rates, a slick Home windows 8 modeled interface with all the fundamental options. It still doesn’t have the brand trust of competitors for example
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