The free version is now much more powerful and won't bug users about premium updates, which is an excellent development. It's got a really clear interface, is relatively light on resources and effective.
Installation is via Ad-Aware's installer, which takes files directly from LavaSoft, ensuring you'll always get the most up-to-date version. Once running, you'll see Ad-Aware has a bold new color scheme, and the status of your computer is communicated through this color: green means safe; orange danger. You can immediately see the date of the last scan and update, and all of Ad-Aware's features are visible and easy to use.
Ad-Aware 10 is more than just a cosmetic update - the app uses the GFI VIPRE malware engine, which is really light on resources, with a independently tested malware detection rate of 97%. You can scan your PC whenever you want and, if you're going to watch video or play a game, switching on Gaming Mode will mean Ad-Aware leaves you interruption-free.
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 10 is an effective and much-improved security application. Time will tell if this version can challenge the big three free security apps.
Will you try the new, improved Ad-Aware?