Most users will be familiar with Ad-Aware , the anti-spyware app that’s been around for over ten years. In version 10, developers Lavasoft made the jump from anti-spyware to fully-fledged antivirus. In version 11, they’ve improved and modified it to produce a security suite that they claim significantly outperforms all other free of charge anti-virus and anti-malware products.
Slick and intuitive user interface
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ looks expending simple, taking advantage of the streamlined look of Windows 8. Installation will be fast although it does try to launch a scan upon start-up. You are able to skip this if you like and you will absolutely presented with a clean interface gowns clearly divided into separate features along the left-hand side, namely Home, Scan Computer, RealTime Protections, Web Protection, Network Security, App Management .
3 different types of tests
Ad-Aware offers lots of scan options, producing things very flexible for the user. There are 3 initial scan choices, Quick, Full and Custom . The Custom option is particularly nice, allowing you to completely customize the scan with easy checkbox inclusions. You can also schedule scans, the must-have option for a modern antivirus. Tests aren’t particularly quick, but could be paused if you find they are slowing-down your body too much. LavaSoft have beefed-up the strength of the anti-virus engine by presenting the award winning
Easy to manage plus Gaming Mode
The rest of Ad-Aware’s options are split into two parts – those under Protection Settings (top right hand corner) and under Options . Under Protection Configurations, you’ll be able to tweak the real-time protection and browsing options, although Safe Browsing can only be allowed and disabled, and not customized. Below Ad-Aware’s Main Options, there are various settings related to basic operation, updates plus an explanation of Video gaming Mode (although this is often quickly toggled in the main interface and from the task bar).
4 different versions available
Although Ad-Aware Free AntiVirus+ is comprehensive and powerful enough for most needs, there are 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 associated with Advanced Protection.
They are different according to which version associated with Ad-Aware you are running. Ad-Aware 11 is available in four versions including that one i. e.
In effect, these are the same but more advanced features become available as you move through the versions. This can 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 over and above the NSA?
It’s worth noting that Lavasoft claim that Ad-Aware Total Protection 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 reaches of the NSA). For those in search of serious protection, it may be worth checking-out 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 towards trying it over time and seeing what future updates bring. Today, it’s a solid app, with amazing detection rates, a slick Windows 8 modeled interface with all the fundamental options. It still doesn’t have the particular brand trust of competitors like
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