AdAware Personal Security
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Shop and bank safely online
A superfast antivirus engine that works alongside our anti-spyware technology.
Two engines work together to block malware from traditional viruses to the more common spyware attacks. Because both engines are made to work together, there are no conflicts or slow-downs typically associated with running two separate security programs – there’s just one easy and superfast security solution.
With automatic updates available several times a day, you can rest assured that your computer and files are protected from the ever-evolving threats of the web.
With Ad-Aware you won’t need any other security software. You can safely disable all other antivirus software and get powerful protection that won’t slow your PC.
Download photos, music, and movies with confidence.
Downloading files from the Internet and in particular from the peer-to-peer networks (P2P) or torrent sites are often loaded with a secret cargo of malware. It is becoming increasingly popular for cyber-criminals to upload contaminated files into what appears to be the latest movies, software programs or even music.
A user who inadvertently downloads such a file exposes his PC and his network to the whims of hackers and puts himself at risk of having his identity stolen or his computer compromised.
Ad-Aware automatically scans files before they are downloaded on your hard-drive and detects malware before it can ever be launched. Its real-time protection quarantines infected files preventing them from damaging you and the community at large.
Automatic Threat Updates
Stay protected against the latest threats.
Fast, continuous threat updates (often several times per day) are downloaded in the background without ever getting in your way.
Ad-Aware’s automatic threat updates will keep your PC safer and running smoothly. Simply sit back and relax… The latest malware definition files and other important Ad-Aware updates will be downloaded and installed automatically, making sure that your PC will stay protected against the latest forms of malware.
Play your games and watch your movies without being disturbed.
Ad-Aware was the first free antivirus program to include a game mode (sometimes called silent mode).
In Game Mode, your computer remains protected while you play your games or watch a movie without the interruptions or strain on system resources that other security software programs often cause. Game Mode suspends security alerts, system scans while you work or play but since it’s real-time protection is still active it doesn’t compromise your security.
And now with less than 1% CPU utilization even under heavy use, Ad-Aware really won’t slow your PC down even while playing the most demanding games.
Protection while you browse the web.
Ad-Aware’s Safe Browsing feature scans for known bad URLs and websites. It’s a great way to protect yourself from the newest malware being distributed.
The Safe Browsing engine constantly checks sites against a constantly updated list of reported malware infected sites. The list is updated every 5-20 minutes and provides real-time browsing protection against the latest web-based exploits, from back door Trojans to exploits and phishing sites.
Ad-Aware Safe Browsing protects you while you browse the web. Every URL is carefully scanned in real-time against a constantly updated list of suspected malware and phishing sites. If you click on a dangerous link while browsing the web or while reading an e-mail, Ad-Aware Safe Browsing will immediately warn you of the site’s risk status.
Safely Shop & Bank Online
Get complete peace of mind when shopping or banking.
While it is generally safe to shop and bank online, as a general rule it is better to be very cautious about giving out your personal information online. Cybercriminals can use a variety of techniques to steal your credit card information or banking passwords – from impersonating reputable websites to forging the security certificates of online stores or banks.
Our Real-Time Web Filter protects you against phishing attacks by constantly analyzing in real-time links that are often found on the Internet, in emails, and in messages. With the Real Time Web Filter on, malicious links, content or malware are pro-actively blocked before they can harm your computer. Protect yourself against cyber criminals out to steal your credit card data or banking information.
The world’s most trusted. 450 million downloads and counting.
With over 1 billion attacks stopped – there is no doubt Ad-Aware knows a thing or two about how to stop cybercriminals. Our technology is so good that it is used by many of our peers in the security world.
It used to be that viruses were the prevalent form of cyber threats. So called “black hat” hackers would engineer individual viruses that damaged or destroyed systems, relishing the challenge and building dubious reputations. Today, cybercriminal groups operate like legitimate developers, carefully designing and testing malware to ensure what they consider “high quality”.
In reality, this mean increasingly advanced malware threats, the ability to evade detection and automating malware distribution in unprecedented and ever growing numbers. Unfortunately, all this effort is for one thing – their gain at your expense; stealing your money and data.
Immediately detect malware before it harms your PC.
Ad-Aware’s real-time protection blocks or suspends malicious processes and infected files that try to start or connect to your system, effectively preventing malware from damaging your PC or accessing your personal files.
Real-time process protection: blocks or suspends malicious processes and infected files that try to start or connect to your system.
Real-time registry protection: advanced detection of attempted registry changes, a favorite target for many malware distributors. Ad-Aware alerts you when a program tries to make changes to your registry.
Real-time network protection: monitor outgoing network traffic and block connections to blacklisted IP addresses and known malicious websites to identify and stop active threats.
Scan only the files or folders you want.
Just copied a file or folder to your computer and want to check whether it’s safe? Ad-Aware allows you to do just that – without the need to scan your whole PC.
Whenever you want to double-check a suspicious file or folder to see if it’s is safe or malicious, simply right-click it and choose “Scan with Ad-Aware”. Ad-Aware will then analyze its content for malware against our constantly updated threat-list and ensure your PC is working cleanly and without malware.
Malware Sandbox Emulator
Rapidly analyze malware in a virtual environment.
It’s another first for Ad-Aware Free Antivirus – a full-blown (no compromise) virtual technology built right inside even our free antivirus. This emulation technology helps protect users from many unidentified or new variants of malware.
Ad-Aware’s anti-malware technology rapidly analyzes potential cyber threats by observing their behavior in a virtual environment, meaning that the malware is never actually executed on a user’s machine. It’s all done in the background and doesn’t need any user intervention.
Because Ad-Aware uses Dynamic Translation, the fastest emulation technique available, it is extremely fast and never compromises system performance, despite virtualizing potentially malicious programs.
Stay Safe on Social Networks
Real-time protection for you and your friends.
Ad-Aware keeps your passwords and personal information safe to make sure you can socialize freely, without having to worry about dangerous intrusions and prying eyes.
Even Ad-Aware Free Antivirus users benefit from a basic level of protection against malicious links posted on social networks. By scanning and analyzing links in real-time (as you click them on your browser), Ad-Aware will check against the latest databases for threats and protect you against malicious websites.
Our Personal, Pro and Total Security Editions combine our Real-Time Web Filter and powerful anti-phishing technology. Giving you outstanding protection against bad links that are sent out via messaging, chats, emails and all other types of communications on social networking sites (such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus) are checked in real-time to give you and your friends a much safer way to communicate.
800 MHz or better
1.8 GB free space (at least 800 MB on the system drive)
Supported Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows 8 (32 & 64 bit), Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1) (32 & 64 bit), Vista (SP2) (32 & 64 bit), Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (32 bit), Microsoft Windows XP SP2 (64 bit)