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Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ Editor's Review

You might have experienced that with some programs, other smaller programs are attached and they get installed silently. Also, many times, these programs, also known as adware or spyware, are downloaded silently or by mistake through internet. Usually they attach themselves to system startup, change your web browsers’ homepage and a few other things. In their initial stages, Adware is not as harmful to your computer as much as viruses are, but they definitely have some ill effect on your PC and that can be little annoying. To counter this, there are some programs, one of which is Ad-aware. Let’s see its efficiency and effectiveness when it comes to removal of those annoying adware programs.

Installing Ad-aware antivirus is not difficult at all. At first, you are presented with the list of language options, and then it checks for any conflicting program. It is recommended that you uninstall any other antivirus or security programs before installing this one. After that, installation does not take much time and proceeds quite swiftly.

After installation, you’d be presented with an intuitive and easy to use interface. Main interface is basically divided into two parts, one for basic security settings and other for advanced security settings. Basic settings comprises of switching the on/off status of Real-time protection, gaming mode, and antivirus and antispyware protect whereas advanced security settings contains simple switches for lesser used tools like safe browsing and email protection.

Ad-aware antivirus works similar to any other antivirus program available. The only difference is that it is more focused towards spyware removal than overall protection of the computer. Its malware scanning engine is ordinary and only excels in finding spyware. You can schedule scans and tasks, which is definitely a plus point. Its real-time scanning engine is quite good; it keeps watch on almost every activity being performed on your computer and its detection rates are good too, but only anti-spyware is what manages to perform well up to some extent. Its other modules performed poorly as compared to other security programs. Its firewall, email scanner, phishing filter are just ordinary. There aren’t any advanced options available for advanced tweaking. Many important features like Parental Control and a few others are missing.  Overall, only its anti-spyware module can give competition to others available in the market and none of the other tools produced desired results.

Positive Points:
   -  Easy to use interface which is appealing to the eyes as well.
   -  Good detection rates for anti-spyware.

Negative Points:
   -  There aren’t any advanced options available for professional users.
   -  No extra features or tools.
   -  Ordinary phishing filters and other modules.

Conclusion:
Lavasoft’s Ad-aware is an entry level security program that is only made to counter spyware. Many advanced security suites offer better tools and features with better detection rates. For users who are connected to internet and are more vulnerable to malware attacks, Ad-aware is not recommended. Users who are just looking for an anti-spyware can go for Ad-Aware.

Rating: 3/5







Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ Publisher's Description

Leaner, meaner, faster. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ combines our legendary Anti-spyware with a super fast, free Antivirus. It now features download protection (blocks malicious files before being written to disk), sandboxing (keeps unknown apps running in a virtual environment) and advanced detection - it\'s our most powerful free antivirus yet.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Leaner, meaner, faster. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ combines our legendary Anti-spyware with a super fast, free Antivirus.

Publisher: Lavasoft | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 10.1.2 | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 08-05-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+

Author Url: http://www.lavasoft.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php
Download Url: http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

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