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 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.
Following a fast setup operation, it's necessary to reboot the computer, update your definition files, and perform an initial scan on the computer to establish the level of security.
The application is presented in a clean and attractive interface that is simple to understand and explore. With a modern design, it encompasses navigation panel and another panel in which to display information and available options. As a result, all user categories can find their way around it with ease, including those less experienced.
There are three methods one can use in order to perform a scan, namely a quick one, as well as a full or custom one. The first type of scan only browses your computer in its most critical parts (e.g. Windows system files) while the full one performs an in-depth analysis of all the local drives. The latter, as the name suggests it, enables you to customize the scanner and narrow down scan time by indicating exact directories to check for malware.
As soon as Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ finds a virus or any other threat, you have the option of quarantining, removing, ignoring, or just leaving it alone. Scheduling scans is also possible and they can even be activated at Windows startup.
Real-time protection can be enabled with just a click of the button, and it detects malware before it harms your computer. In addition to that, it is possible to take advantage of a “Gaming Mode” and thus disable all notifications, so as not to be bothered when you play something with your friends.
Multiple languages are supported and all settings can be restored to their default state, so that you can easily repair a mistake. It is possible to add items to an exclusion list and, although not very safe, you can enable the automatic process of downloading definitions.
CPU and memory usage is quite high during the scanning process, yet this is to be expected from this type of product. The response time is quite good, the interface is intuitive, and our tests did not register any issues such as freezes or hangs.
All things considered, 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.