New in version 11.3.6321.0

August 28th, 2014
  • Bug and Stability fixes
  • New Antispam SDK
  • Active Virus Control (AVC) – Monitors processes’ behaviour, identifies all malware activities and stops all their negative effect on your PC.
  • New Security Pin Code (Protecting AA settings from being changed by anyone other than the main user.
  • Improved detection of .pst and .ost files during scan in the email protection feature
  • New and enhanced notification system and delivery method
  • Localization review
  • New language supported: Thai

New in version 11.2.5952.0 (June 4th, 2014)

  • Bug Fixing
  • Improved User interface
  • New Real-time Protection Settings
  • Support for easier sample collection
  • Better Malware Engine Performance
  • Updated disinfection process

New in version 11.1.5152.0 (December 12th, 2013)

  • Major bug fixes
  • Improved Windows 8.1 support
  • Updated installation flow
  • New Support section
  • Improved AntiSpam engine
  • Improved Firewall engine
  • Improved Firewall interface
  • Simplified Firewall rules creation
  • Improved App Management interface
  • Improved Web Protection interface
  • PasswordBox Integration
  • Improved expiration process
  • In app re-registration service for free users
  • Better notification system
  • New languages support:
  • Croatian
  • Serbian Latin
  • Serbian Cyrillic
  • Japanese
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Armenian
  • Belarusian

New in version 11.0.4397.0 (October 9th, 2013)

  • New, fluid User-Interface:
  • Designed for ease and usability. Easy to download, install and use, Ad-Aware 11 now sports a light, fluid UI that is a step-up from our previous version with a light, contemporary and modern design. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + contains the essential protection features - simply enter your key in the UI to download and/or unlock the power of our premium versions.
  • Fast Antivirus:
  • It’s a superfast antivirus that complements our legendary anti-spyware.
  • Ad-Aware offers a superfast antivirus engine that works alongside our legendary anti-spyware technology. Two engines work together to block malware from traditional viruses to the more common spyware attacks. Because both engines are made to work together, there are no conflicts or slow-downs typically associated with running two separate security programs – there’s just one easy and superfast security solution.With automatic updates available several times a day, you can rest assured that your computer and files are protected from the ever-evolving threats of the web.
  • Legendary Antispyware:
  • The world’s most trusted. 450 million downloads and counting.
  • With over 1 billion attacks stopped, there is no doubt Lavasoft knows a thing or two about how to stop cybercriminals. Real-Time Detection continue to provide a legendary defense against Trojans, password stealers, key-loggers, spyware, adware, fraudsters and identity thieves.
  • Real-time protection:
  • Immediately detect malware before it harms your PC.
  • Ad-Aware’s Real-Time Protection immediately detects and blocks malware. Powered by behavior-based heuristic scanning, which blocks or suspends malicious processes and infected files that try to start or connect to your system. Ad-Aware’s Ehanced Real-Time Protection effectively prevents malware from damaging your PC or accessing your personal files.
  • Real-time process protection:
  • Blocks or suspends malicious processes and infected files that try to start or connect to your system preventing them from further infecting your system.
  • Real-time registry protection:
  • Advanced detection of attempted registry changes, a favorite target for many malware distributors. Ad-Aware 11 alerts you when a program tries to make changes to your registry, giving you the power to block the threat or to allow access.
  • Real-time network protection:
  • Monitors outgoing network traffic and blocks connections to blacklisted IP addresses and known malicious websites, identifying and stopping active threats.
  • Download protection:
  • Download photos, music and movies with confidence.It is becoming increasingly popular for cyber-criminals to upload contaminated files into what appears to be the latest movies, software programs or even music. A user who inadvertently downloads such a file exposes his PC and his network to the whims of hackers and puts himself at risk of having his identity stolen or his computer compromised.
  • Ad-Aware automatically scans files before they are downloaded on your hard-drive and detects malware before it can ever be launched. Its real-time protection quarantines infected files preventing them from damaging your system.
  • Safe Browsing:
  • Protection while you browse the web.
  • Ad-Aware’s Safe Browsing feature scans for known bad URLs and websites. It’s a great way to protect yourself from the newest malware being distributed.
  • The Safe Browsing engine constantly checks sites against a constantly updated list of reported malware infected sites.
  • Ad-Aware Safe Browsing protects you while you browse the web. Every URL is carefully scanned in real-time against a constantly updated list of suspected malware and phishing sites. If you click on a dangerous link while browsing the web or while reading an e-mail, Ad-Aware Safe Browsing will immediately warn you of the site’s risk status.
  • Gaming mode:
  • Play games and watch movies without being disturbed.
  • Ad-Aware was the first free antivirus program to include a game mode (sometimes called silent mode). In Game Mode, your computer remains protected while you play your games or watch a movie without the interruptions or strain on system resources that other security software programs often cause. Game Mode suspends alerts, system scans and auto-updates while you work or play without compromising your security.

New in version 11.0.3787.0 Beta (September 4th, 2013)

  • Brings all the privacy and security features you know and trust to a whole new level: it’s faster and slimmer, packs better protection, offers powerful new features and is wrapped in a brand new interface.
  • Ad-Aware 11’s brand new interface has been radically redesigned to ensure better user experience. Its new look feels more intuitive, simple yet at the same time showcases its main usability.

New in version 10.4.43.4155 (November 24th, 2012)

  • 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

New in version 10.3.45.3935 (September 29th, 2012)

  • Bug fixes
  • Better multi-language support
  • Improved browsing protection
  • Simplified installation process
  • Revamped activation flow
  • Faster automatic definition updates
  • Updated notification screens

New in version 10.2.21.3698 (July 17th, 2012)

  • Safe Browsing System that blocks malicious URLs to provide a meaningful protection against real threats and significantly reduces false positive rates.
  • ID Watchdog Integration provides free credit report monitoring and alerting capabilities to notify users of any critical changes to their credit report that might be an early indicator of identity theft (for US residents only).
  • Enhanced Real-Time Protection increases the reliability of the drives and includes enhanced 64-bit support.

New in version 10.1.211.3882 (May 9th, 2012)

  • Cached Scanning automatically skips the scanning of files that it determined safe in earlier scans, resulting in much faster scans. With the new scanning capabilities, a quick scan drops from four minutes to less than ten seconds on subsequent scans, and drops from two hours to between six and ten minutes on full scans
  • Firewall technology automatically white-lists trusted programs, enabling users to upgrade to Ad-Aware without networking issues with programs already installed
  • Real-Time Protection increases the reliability of the drivers and includes enhanced 64-bit support
  • Web-Browsing Protection engine now updates several times a day

New in version 10.0.173.3160 (March 29th, 2012)

  • We’ve redesigned our UI with a much needed overhaul. Key changes include:
  • Fire-and-forget default settings with all of the right options set for our users (techies still can customize to their heart’s content but confusing options are buried one level deep so as not to confuse beginners).
  • A very light, web-based UI that is fast and fluid.
  • Controls commonly used in new smartphone apps that make it easy to navigate.
  • A true multi-threaded app that lets you navigate easily.
  • We’ve included some features in our Free version that, until now, were reserved in our paid version:
  • Real-time download protection which blocks files before being written to disk.
  • Advanced heuristics, rootkit protection.
  • A gaming/silent mode.
  • Full sandboxing.
  • Removed all nag screens pushing users to upgrade.
  • There are now no differences in the malware blocking (and removal) features of our free product (compared to our or our peers’ Pro products.
  • We’re starting a rapid development cycle program that will keep Ad-Aware fresh with new updates and features constantly without waiting for that once-a-year major upgrade:
  • Dropping the version number (except for reviewers and techies).
  • Going on a 8, 4, 6 week development schedule.
  • Bringing new features, improvements constantly.
  • Silent updates (user will get a little screen describing fixes and features and give them the option to download).
  • We are releasing two new premium versions as well:
  • Ad-Aware Personal Security – will retail for 12$/year. Adds advanced web filtering (both reputation and anti-malware) to provide a suite that is well-positioned against our peers’ full antivirus products retailing for 3X the price.
  • Ad-Aware Pro Security – will retail for 36$/year. Adds email, network, USB protection plus a powerful two-way firewall. It competes well against our peers’ Total suites (without parental controls or spam filters) at nearly half the price.
  • We’ve reviewed our installation process as well:
  • We’re automatically starting the definition file updates so that when the program is installed – everything is ready to go.
  • We are proposing the installation of our security/search toolbar in a way that is consistent with our values (no pre-checked boxes).

New in version 9.6.0 (November 8th, 2011)

  • Better web browsing protection
  • Real-time protection against phishing websites
  • Improved privacy settings
  • Easily remove unwanted browser adware

New in version 9.5.0 (August 29th, 2011)

  • Ad-Aware 9.5 offers a significant increase in its performance. Internal testing suggests that it is 4-8X faster than our previous version. This is part of our longer strategy to develop leaner, meaner, faster products and a pre-cursor to Ad-Aware 10 (soon to be released) which promises even better scan speeds and lower CPU utilization.
  • It also includes a completely new malware detection method, proven to be very effective against spyware - taking our legendary spyware removal to a completely new level – which will make it one of the most efficient engines at fighting what is typically called “zero-day malware”.

New in version 9.0.0 (December 7th, 2010)

  • With this new version of Ad-Aware, we have focused on our core consumer needs, by providing advanced threat protection for Free and Pro – including anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware - with new, innovative detection technologies for maximum protection against emerging cyber threats, as well as those threats that have not yet been created.

New in version 8.3.0 (July 14th, 2010)

  • Full Anti-Virus Detection Now Included - Powerful protection against viruses, spyware, trojans, worms, malware, rootkits, dialers, and more.
  • Genotype Detection Technology
  • Behavior-Based Heuristics Detection
  • Rootkit Removal System - Deep level rootkit technology to uncover and remove hidden threats and stealth attacks.
  • The Neutralizer - Advanced malware removal tool
  • Download Guard for Internet Explorer
  • Simple Mode/Advanced Mode

New in version 8.1.0 (October 13th, 2009)

  • Genotype detection technology allows Ad-Aware to stay one step ahead of the latest threats by finding and blocking emerging forms of malware that have not yet been released.
  • Behavior-based heuristics methodology pinpoints the newest and most relevant forms of malware for today's computer user.
  • Rootkit removal systems protect against hidden threats and stealth attacks.
  • Simple Mode/Advanced Mode to cater to the users' varying needs.
  • Download Guard scans files downloaded via Internet Explorer.
  • Lavasoft ThreatWork Alliance forms a global community defense against the latest and most relevant threats.
  • Do Not Disturb Mode to keep interruptions and strain on resources to a minimum for online gamers and entertainment enthusiasts.

New in version 8.0.0 (January 20th, 2009)

  • Integrated 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.
  • Radically Improved Resource Efficiency – Tread lightly on your system’s resources with dramatic improvements to the memory usage.
  • External Drive Scanning - Scan your external storage devices – iPods, DVDs, USBs, and more – for an additional layer of security.
  • Customizable Profile Scans - Easily create and save a personalized scan profile so Ad-Aware only scans areas that you select.
  • Lavasoft SmartSet - Scanning and cleaning is effortless with automatically configured settings for scans and recommended actions for found infections.
  • Pin-Point Scanning - Easily assess suspicious files - right-click any file or folder to scan with Ad-Aware or to submit to ThreatWork for analysis.
  • Detect, Remove AND Clean – A step beyond simply detecting and removing malware, Ad-Aware intelligently cleans your system by removing all traces of the infection.
  • Easy to Download, Install and Use - Effortlessly maneuver the complexities of malware detection and removal with our new, streamlined user interface.
  • Full Integration with Windows Security Center - Get Ad-Aware protection and status notifications through the Windows Security Center.

New in version 7.1.0.8 Final (May 21st, 2008)

  • Improved Threat Detection Powerful protection against cyber threats - including a defense against spyware, Trojans, bots, and other malicious programs - with an expanded threat database.
  • Enhanced Rootkit Removal System Guard against hidden threats attempting to access your system with our amplified rootkit removal technology.
  • Faster Updates Save precious time and resources with compressed files resulting in quicker product updates.
  • Lavasoft ThreatWork Direct access to submit suspicious files for analysis via ThreatWork, an alliance of global anti-spyware security volunteers actively fighting online threats.
  • Windows Vista Compatible 32- and 64-bit platform support

New in version 2008 7.1.0.1 Beta (April 25th, 2008)

  • Multilingual with spanish

New in version 7.0.2.7 (April 3rd, 2008)

  • Spanish language pack

New in version 7.0.2.1 (August 28th, 2007)

  • Vista 32 compatible

New in version - (June 7th, 2007)

  • Fully redesigned engine with program flexibility and more accurate scanning methods.
  • Improved Code Sequence Identification (CSI) technology detects embedded malware and emerging threats.
  • Incremental Definitions File updates save time and resources.
  • TrackSweep privacy tool erases tracks left behind while surfing the Web.
  • Multiple browser support Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Opera.
  • New straightforward user interface.