Most users will be familiar 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 and tweaked it to produce a security suite that they claim significantly outperforms all other totally free anti-virus and anti-malware products.
Slick and intuitive user interface
Ad-Aware Pro Security looks clean and simple, taking advantage of the streamlined look of Windows 8. Installation can 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 which clearly divided into separate features 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, producing things very flexible for the user. There are 3 initial scan choices, Quick, Full and Custom . The Custom choice 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. Scans aren’t particularly quick, but can be paused if you find they are slowing-down your body too much. LavaSoft have beefed-up the ability of the anti-virus engine by presenting the award winning
Easy to manage plus Gaming Mode
The rest of Ad-Aware’s options are divided into two parts – those under Protection Configurations (top right hands corner) and under Options . Under Protection Settings, 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 configurations related to basic operation, updates plus an explanation of Gaming Mode (although this could be quickly toggled in the main interface plus from the task bar).
4 different versions available
Although Ad-Aware Pro Security 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 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 this i. e.
In effect, they are the same yet more advanced features become available as you undertake the versions. This will annoy some users who would prefer a fully extensive free version but at least Ad-Aware doesn’t nag you to upgrade.
Total Protection beyond the NSA?
Really worth noting that Lavasoft claim that Ad-Aware Total Security also contains Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox which has been integrated partnership with Sweden’s renowned SafeIT Security (which Lavasoft claim may even protect you from the reaches of the NSA). For those in search of serious protection, it could be worth checking-out what Total Protection can offer.
A serious competitor to 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 seeing what future updates bring. Right now, it is a solid app, with impressive detection rates, a slick Windows 6 modeled interface with all the basic choices. It still doesn’t have the brand name trust of competitors such as
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