Softpedia Editor's Review for Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+
Advanced virus and spyware protection made simple
Written by Elena Opris on August 17th, 2012
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ provides two-way protection encased in an antivirus joined with an anti-spyware engine. This combination ensures a strong shield against Trojans, dialers, rootkits, bots and hijackers.
While the antivirus module performs detection and cleaning for the most popular virus threats, the anti-spyware solution protects you from cyber-attacks, all the while preventing your data and finances from being stolen.
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ also blocks unsafe downloads, detects email threats, keeps passwords for social networks safe and monitors your network.
The application presents itself with a user-friendly interface that's simple to understand and explore. Performing a scan presents itself with three options: Quick, Full and Custom.
The Quick Scan module browses your system, but only in its most critical parts (e.g. Windows system files), while the Full Scan performs an in-depth analysis of the local drives. To customize the scan process, choose the Custom mode.
As soon as the software finds a virus or any similar threat, you have the option of quarantining, removing, ignoring, or allowing it ''to live''. Scheduling scans is also possible and they can even be activated at Windows startup.
The Game mode provides silent protection, thus allowing you to play without receiving Ad-Aware notifications. Don't worry, the antivirus engine is still on and running in the background, it just doesn't disturb you in any way.
When Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ is active, the available CPU is significantly reduced, but you are expected to stop doing any other activity during system scanning.
In short, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ is a reliable choice if you require more than an antivirus product. By bundling an anti-spyware module, it provides multiple layers of security. Detection and removal are done smoothly, while the other components protect you silently, but efficiently.
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ description
Here are some key features of "Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+":
Comprehensive Anti-Malware Detection:
· A power-packed combination of our pioneer anti-spyware technology together with traditional anti-virus detection to provide comprehensive malware protection, including detection of viruses, spyware, and blended malware.
Ad-Watch Live! Basic:
· Immediately detect deceptive malware applications before they attack your personal information with integrated real-time process protection – suspend suspicious files and block malicious processes to prevent further integration into your system.
Genocode detection technology:
· Based on heuristics, Genocode allows Ad-Aware to stay ahead of today’s ever-evolving threats, as well as threats that have not yet been created.
Behavior-based heuristics detection:
· Extra Sensory Protection allows you to go a step beyond detecting known threats – the heuristics detection finds and blocks unknown and emerging threats and stops deceptive malware and cyber thieves before they attack your personal information.
Rootkit Removal System:
· Protection against hidden threats and stealth attacks.
· Automatic scans set to your personalized schedule to optimize time and resources.
· Combat malware that attempts to restore itself even after a system reboot with this advanced removal tool.
Download Guard for Internet Explorer:
· An additional layer of protection allowing you to download files on Internet Explorer confidently, IE Download Guard alerts you to malicious files during the download process so that you can take action before malware infiltrates your system.
Detect, Remove and Repair:
· Ad-Aware intelligently cleans your system by removing all traces of the infection.
Minimal strain on system resources:
· Improvements to computer resource usage means you benefit from protection that will not slow your computer down.
Simple Mode/Advanced Mode:
· You have the power to decide how to interact with Ad-Aware: Simple Mode allows you to ‘set and forget’, whereas Advanced Mode will let you customize all the settings as you choose.
Custom skins and community-driven translations:
· Enjoy the ability to choose more individualized options for Ad-Aware’s user interface with custom-designed skins and community-driven translations.
Customizable profile scan:
· Easily create and save a personalized scan profile so Ad-Aware only scans areas that you select.
· Scanning and cleaning is effortless with automatically configured settings for scans and recommended actions for found infections.
External drive scanning:
· Scan your external storage devices – iPods, DVDs, USBs, and more – for an additional layer of security.
· Submit suspicious files to Lavasoft researchers for analysis, with one easy click.
· Easily assess suspicious files - right-click any file or folder to scan with Ad-Aware or to submit to ThreatWork for analysis.
Easy to download, install and use:
· Effortlessly maneuver the complexities of malware detection and removal with this user-friendly interface.
Automatic threat updates:
· Protect against the latest forms of malware with fast, continuous threat updates.
· Processor: P733 MHz or better
· RAM: Minimum 512 MB
· Free hard disk space: 300 MB free space recommended
· Web Browsers: Internet Explorer (version 5.5 or higher) / Firefox (version 1.5 or higher) / Opera (version 9 or higher)
· Pop-up reminder notifying users about the paid version's advantages
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Better malware detection & faster scanning
· Improved compatibility when using other antivirus software (On-Demand Compatibility Mode)
· New Simplified Chinese language added
· Improved installation process
· Minor cosmetic & compatibility fixes
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function