Ad-Aware Personal Security 11. 12-Ad-Aware moves into the big league of protection suites

Most users will be acquainted with Ad-Aware , the anti-spyware app that’s been around for over a decade. In version 10, developers Lavasoft made the jump from anti-spyware to fully-fledged antivirus. In version 11, they’ve improved plus tweaked it to produce a security collection which they claim significantly outperforms all other free anti-virus and anti-malware items.

Slick and intuitive user interface

Ad-Aware Personal Security is based on Ad-Aware Free AntiVirus+ and appears clean and simple, taking advantage of the streamlined look of Windows 8. Installation is fast although it does attempt to launch a scan upon start-up. You can skip this if you like plus you’re presented with a clean user interface that’s clearly divided into individual functions along the left-hand side, namely Home, Scan Pc, RealTime Protections, Web Protection, System Protection, App Management .

3 various kinds of scans

Ad-Aware offers lots of scan choices, making things very flexible for that user. There are 3 initial scan options, Quick, Complete and Custom . The Custom option is particularly nice, allowing you to completely customize the scan with simple checkbox inclusions. You can also schedule tests, a must-have option for a modern malware. Scans aren’t particularly quick, but can be paused if you find they are slowing-down your system too much. LavaSoft have beefed-up the power of the anti-virus engine by introducing the award winning BitDefender to version 11 of AdAware.

Easy to manage in addition Gaming Mode

The rest of Ad-Aware’s options are usually divided into two parts – the ones under Security Settings (top correct hand corner) and under Options . Under Defense Settings, you’ll be able to tweak the real-time protection and browsing choices, although Safe Browsing can only end up being enabled and disabled, and not customized. Under Ad-Aware’s Main Options, there are many settings related to basic operation, improvements and an explanation of Gaming Mode (although this can be quickly toggled in the main interface and from the task bar).

4 different versions available

Even though Ad-Aware Personal Security is comprehensive and powerful enough for most needs, there are actually 4 other versions of Ad-Aware available offering slightly different functionality which something that users associated with Ad-Aware might find confusing under the settings under Advanced Protection.

They are different according to which edition of Ad-Aware you are running. Ad-Aware 11 is available in four versions Ad-Aware Free, Pro Protection and Personal Security and Total Security .

In effect, they are the exact same but more advanced features become available as you move through the versions. This will irritate some users who would prefer a fully comprehensive free version but at least Ad-Aware doesn’t nag you to improve.

Total Protection beyond the particular NSA?

It’s worth noting that Lavasoft claim that Ad-Aware Total Security also includes Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox 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 safety, it may be worth checking-out what Total Security can offer.

A serious competitor towards the big boys

In all, we’re impressed by Ad-Aware’s addition of BitDefender to the antivirus suite, and we’re looking forward to trying it over time and viewing what future updates bring. At the moment, it’s a solid app, with impressive detection rates, a slick Home windows 8 modeled interface with all the simple options. It still doesn’t have the particular brand trust of competitors for example Avast! , Avira , and AVG yet it’s now certainly an anti-virus to be reckoned with.

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