Ad-Aware Pro Security

2 MB   42,871 downloads
11.6.306.7947 Ad-supported      
3.0/5 101
Powerful antivirus and anti-spyware application which provides users with real-time and e-mail protection, three types of scans, parental controls and anti-phishing capabilities

editor's review







Power users are aware that their computer might not be completely safe from malware threats even if they have a correctly-configured antivirus solutions on their PC. Occasionally, anti-spyware software can make the difference between a clean computer and an infected one.

Ad-Aware Internet Security Pro is an efficient and flexible anti-malware software that works as an anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-rootkit. The software uses minimal computer resources, and has various features, including product skins and plug-ins.

Ad-riddled setup and clean GUI

The installation process takes little time although you should be careful as it comes with some third-party offers, yet they can be easily skipped. It is recommended to perform the first initial update; once these tasks are completed, the software welcomes you with a user-friendly and straightforward interface in Simple Mode. There are four tabs, each of them with clearly explained instructions, as well as an Advanced Mode for experienced individuals that can be used to customize settings for each option and analyze the scan results.

Scanning modes and real-time protection

Ad-Watch Live! is a real-time monitor which offers protection against malicious files and processes (also on computer start-up), Windows registry protection, and it stops your computer from connecting to blacklisted IP addresses (as classified by Lavasoft).

The scanning system has three options - Smart Scan (a fast system check that runs through only the most critical system sections), Profile Scan (scans your system by using pre-configured settings), and Full scan.

Remove web browser traces and enable e-mail protection

The Extras section is the place where you can find several utilities that can further boost the performance of your PC. TrackSweep is a simple software that clears the traces left behind when using a web browser - cache, cookies, history, last typed URL, tabs, and it works with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Google Chrome.

Ad-Aware Internet Security Pro also comes with a Process Watch, AutoStart Manager and Hosts File Editor, and each of them can be used by experts to optimize a computer. Last but not least, it is possible to protect your system from e-mail borne threats and potentially malicious contents with the help of a dedicated feature, as well as disable notification for a better in-game experience.

Bottom line

To conclude, Lavasoft’s Ad-Aware Internet Security Pro is certainly or at least should be one of the first choices when it comes to protecting your computer from spyware. The interface is accessible to all users and the response time is quite good.

The computer’s performance might suffer from time to time, as during particular operation the amount of resources required are on the high end.

Ad-Aware Pro Security was reviewed by Elena Opris
Last updated on March 11th, 2015
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