Most users will be familiar with Ad-Aware , the anti-spyware app that’s been around for over 10 years. In version 10, developers Lavasoft made the jump from anti-spyware to fully-fledged antivirus. In edition 11, they’ve improved and modified it to produce a security suite that they claim significantly outperforms all other free anti-virus and anti-malware products.
Slick and intuitive user interface
Ad-Aware Total Security looks expending simple, taking advantage of the streamlined look of Windows 8. Installation will be fast although it does try to release a scan upon start-up. You can skip this if you like and most likely presented with a clean interface that may be 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 consumer. There are 3 initial scan options, Quick, Full plus Custom . The Custom choice 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. Tests aren’t particularly quick, but could be paused if you find they are slowing-down your whole body too much. LavaSoft have beefed-up the strength of the anti-virus engine by introducing the award winning
Easy to manage plus Gaming Mode
The rest of Ad-Aware’s options are split into two parts – the ones under Protection Settings (top right hand corner) and under Options . Under Protection Configurations, you’ll be able to tweak the current protection and browsing options, although Safe Browsing can only be enabled and disabled, and not customized. Below Ad-Aware’s Main Options, there are various configurations related to basic operation, updates and an explanation of Video gaming Mode (although this can be quickly toggled in the main interface and from the task bar).
4 different versions available
Although Ad-Aware Total Security is the most comprehensive plus powerful version of the AdAware suite. There are actually 4 other versions associated with Ad-Aware available offering slightly various functionality which is something that users associated with Ad-Aware might find confusing under the configurations of Advanced Protection.
They are different according to which edition of Ad-Aware you are running. Ad-Aware 11 is available in four versions which includes this one i. e.
In effect, they are the same but more advanced features become available while you move through the versions. This will irritate some users who would prefer a completely comprehensive free version but at least Ad-Aware doesn’t nag you to upgrade.
Total Protection beyond the NSA?
It’s worth noting that Lavasoft claim that Ad-Aware Total Security also includes Lavasoft Privacy Toolbox that can be built in partnership with Sweden’s well-known SafeIT Security (which Lavasoft claim can even protect you from the reaches from the NSA). For those in search of serious protection, it may be worth checking-out what Overall 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 towards trying it over time and viewing what future updates bring. Now, it’s a solid app, with impressive detection rates, a slick Windows 8 modeled interface with all the basic options. It still doesn’t have the brand trust of competitors for example
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