Today sees the release of LavaSoft's Ad-Aware Free Antivirus+ 10. It is a major improvement, putting it in the same league as favorites Avast, Avira and AVG.

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.

First impressions

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.

Malware detection

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?


  • Peter Timmons |
    Peter Timmons

    The new Ad-Aware slowed uploads from 32+ Mbps to 0.32 Mbps (1/100th the speed). So much that Outlook and other programs would time-out. Cannot completely delete program with Revo Uninstaller. Once uninstalled, upload speeds went back to 32+. Though it was a fluke. Repeated process twice with same results. Maybe Ad-Aware has mutated into a virus itself.

  • Gordon |

    Had Ad-Aware Pro, Avast Pro. Slowed system down. Translation....slow way to burn money fast.

    Best anti virus combo I have found is Avira free, Windows Firewall, with 3 diagnostic only scanners, Housecall, Hitman Pro, and Malwarebytes to keep Avira and Windows Firewall honest.

    Fast, clean, simple, and very functional.

    Determination? Don't need a Cadillac in a Grand Prix race.

    Give me the protection, but I needs me the speed, baby!

  • Shiri |

    If your PC slowed down or hard to uninstall (use Ad Aware Uninstall link), the slowness is your computer, not Ad Ware. I have it and you can't tell it's running on my system (Win 7, 64 bit, 8 gig mem.)

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