Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ is a free security application developed by Lavasoft. It combines its common anti-spyware functionality with powerful anti-virus protection. Both capabilities build a strong shield against threats, viruses, trojans, worms, rootkits, and dangers in general. While the antivirus will have the task of detecting and removing any type of malware, the anti-spyware tool will work to prevent your personal data from being stolen or your online activity being tracked.
This release includes new features, a less consuming anti-virus engine, and an enhanced interface. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ real-time scans can be applied to your files, online activity, emails, external storage devices and even to social networks. Besides, this program has a two-way advanced firewall that not only analyzes what comes into your system, but also what goes out. In case you have files with sensitive information, you can get them encrypted and password protected thanks to its Digital Lock feature. However, if what you need is to permanently delete files and their hidden copies, you can use its built-in File Shredder. Moreover, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ offers a Parental Control feature that allows blocking and restricting access to certain inappropriate or adult content pages, something really useful when children use the PC.
Real-time scans can be applied to your files, online activity, emails, external storage devices and social networks
How to use this anti-spyware and virus protector tool
In its latest version, Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ offers a redesigned interface. It has been simplified, giving access to the main options in a sidebar located on the left part of the screen. Every module performs a different security task. On the Homepage tab, users will be able to see a Protection Summary, including several details such as the date of the last scan. Below, they can enable or disable every feature just by clicking on the on/off button. When it comes to the scanner, users will have three possibilities to choose from: Quick, Full or Custom Scan.
As soon as the program detects a threat, you will receive a warning, asking you whether to send it to quarantine, to remove or ignore it, or allow it 'to live'. It does not matter how recent or new the threat is, the application will detect it, as it has a database that is automatically updated with the latest discovered malware. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ allows the scheduling of scans, even offering the chance to activate them at Windows startup. Similarly, its Game Mode keeps you protected in a silent way, with the aim of not disturbing you while you play. In this case, even though you won't receive notifications, the software will be running in the background.
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 11.1.5354.0 Features
The unique features of Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ are the following:
- Its real-time protection provides scans of any file you download before your computer gets infected by any virus
- Intrusion Prevention technology (HIPS) monitors your system to provide a safe networking experience
- Automatically updated lists of threats that are downloaded in the background, without affecting your overall performance
- Safe Browsing engine to analyze all the URLs or websites you visit
- Game Mode to suspend alerts or scans while you are playing, without undermining your security
- Email protection to remove any threat that may enter your inbox as part of e-mail content or as an attachment
- Parental Control functionality to block access to certain inappropriate websites
- File Shredder to enable permanent removal of files and their hidden copies
- Real Time web filters to proactively block any malicious content that may appear in links, emails or online activities and to prevent you from being a victim of phishing
- Digital Lock offers encryption capabilities to turn your files into confidential ones
- Pin-Point Scanning to scan only certain files or folders
- External storage devices scanning
- Two-way advanced firewall: it checks both incoming and outgoing data
If you want to read more information before you download this software, feel free to visit the developer's site.
The minimum system requirements for the download and setup of Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ to your computer are listed below:
- Operating System: Windows XP or further
- Processor: 800 Mhz or faster CPU
- RAM Memory: 1GB
- HDD: 1.8 Ghz of free space