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Review of Adaware Antivirus

William Sranotos

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What does Adaware Antivirus do well?
Full scan flags safe programs, speeding up subsequent scans. Free. In a complete makeover, adaware antivirus free 12 has a new name and a new look. Under the hood, though, its test results aren't the best, and competing free products have much more to offer. Adaware has received top scores from various independent testing laboratories and its high ratings seem justified. I put together a folder full of known viruses, malware, and adware samples and it successfully identified them during both the quick and full scans. I was doing some pretty processor-intensive work during the review process, so set the performance setting to low and even while running a virtual machine, the performance impact of the full scan was negligible. There’s also the ability to configure file and folder exclusions. What I liked about this was that the settings held up for every scan type, including full. Parental Control: Adaware Total Security also includes parental controls.
What does Adaware Antivirus not do well?
Mixed scores in independent lab tests. Low scores in our hands-on tests. No protection against malicious or fraudulent URLs. Lacks features found in competing free products products and in its own previous edition. Not surprisingly, the new product has a thoroughly updated user interface. The main window is mostly white, with green highlights and orange buttons. A left-rail menu holds icons for accessing various program functions. Note, though, that the vast majority of functions are marked as upgrades, meaning that you don't get access to those functions in the free edition.
What do you wish you had known about Adaware Antivirus before using?
I cannot denote anything I would have liked to know prior to use.