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Ad-Aware Pro Security Editor's Review

In an age when your PC faces malware threats from various known and unknown sources, you need to use capable security app. However, it is quite difficult for many users to pick suitable computer security software, given the abundance of contenders. There are security suites from established and popular contenders like Kaspersky and Norton and you can also pick from numerous lesser known contenders. Ultimately, it comes down to your PC usage needs and budget. If you are looking for an affordably priced and capable app, try out Ad-Aware Pro Security’s latest version. It comes with core antivirus and firewall components, along with a few added goodies.

The app has a small footprint and can be installed in computers running Windows XP and later versions, in both 32 and 64 bit variants. The software is far less resource hungry compared to many other rival apps. Before paying the licensing fee you can use the app in trial mode. Installing the app on infected systems does not pose many problems and unless the PC is severely malware affected, you will not need tech support. The installer asks for your permission to change your browser homepage and basic search engine.

No matter how many features a security suite has, its core strength lies in efficacy of the antivirus components. This is the area where Ad-Aware Pro Security shines. It detects majority of malware existing in a PC and cleans most of them up too. It does get outshined by rivals like Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security but the performance difference is not much. The app’s real-time virus protection component is quite strong and the moment you open a folder with infected files, it leaps into action. A malicious of suspected file is sent to quarantine by default. In this segment, it beats many third party contenders hands down.

The app comes with a Safe Browsing component to keep your computers safe from myriads of web based threats. The component is a mixed bag as it does not detect some malware based sites at url level. However, a majority of malware are blocked while downloading. For home users, this level of protection should be adequate. Unlike several contenders, the app does not block valid apps as rogue.

Ad-Aware Pro Security performs very well when it comes to protection from fraudulent websites, also called phishing sites. It does fare better than IE8’s smart screen filter protection. However, the app’s phishing protection is still not category best.

A PC security suite cannot be deemed complete without a firewall. Ad-Aware Pro Security comes with a Firewall. While the app’s firewall does offer protection from external port based attacks and stealth attacks, it does not excel at regulating app activity. At default settings, it enables outbound traffic and barring a few exceptions, allows incoming traffic. While it does not throw popups every now and then, its default protection level is far from ideal. Even when you enable Intrusion Detection System of the firewall and set other security settings to max, it cannot block all attacks. The fact that external apps can terminate its processes and render the protection useless, does not work in its favor.

Ad-Aware Pro Security has a bundled Identity Monitoring feature and before you activate it, you will be nagged by the app! If you install the Lavasoft toolbar it will display status of a web page you open with safety notification. However, this is not quite accurate at all times. For those phishing sites the app misses, the pages get displayed with same green safe icon, which can be misleading and definitely risky. The small utilities bundled with the app like Toolbar Cleaner are handy bit lack undo option.

Positive Points:
 -  Not much hassle in installation.
 -  Solid malware detection and cleanup.
 -  Good anti phishing protection.
 -  Does not block legitimate apps as rogue.

Negative Points:
 -  Firewall performance is just average.
 -  Application self defense not effective.

Conclusion:
Ad-Aware Pro Security turns out to be a mixed bag for PC security. It costs far less than many third party security apps. Installing and using the app is simple and it provides good malware protection. The protection from phishing sites offered by the app is also equally impressive. However, the app loses out big time in firewall protection. Another drawback of Ad-Aware Pro Security is its lack of defense against program component termination. Overall, it can be suitable for home users with modest budget who need an inexpensive app with good malware protection.  

Rating: 3/5







Ad-Aware Pro Security Publisher's Description

Ad-Aware Pro Security is a paid upgrade of our Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ version and provides a complete line-of-defense against the most extreme forms of malware and cyber threats. It adds a powerful two-way firewall, an email protection engine, safe online shopping and banking, advanced web protection as well as our most advanced detection and threat blocking algorithms. Ad-Aware Pro Security actively protects you from the most dangerous forms of viruses, spyware, key loggers, Trojans, password stealers, bots, worms, adware, phishing and drive-by downloads. With advanced anti-malware technology, minimal strain on system resources and powerful security features, Ad-Aware Pro Security protects your online identities and computers.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Ad-Aware Pro Security is a paid upgrade of our Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ version and provides a complete line-of-defense against the most extreme forms of malware and cyber threats.

Publisher: Lavasoft | License: Shareware | Price: 36.00
Version: 10.5.1 | Size: 5447 KB | Platform: Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
Released Date: | Rating: 5 | Title: Ad-Aware Pro Security

Author Url: http://www.lavasoft.com
Program Info Url: http://www.lavasoft.com
Download Url: http://download100.lavasoft.com/adaware/updates/Adaware_Installer_pro.exe
Screenshot Url: http://lavasoft.com/company/press/adaware10/images/Pro/home_green-lg.png

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