Nowadays, it is important to keep your personal computer from viruses and other malware. There are new threats emerging every day. There are many free PC protection options at your disposal. One of them is Adaware.
Adaware is an antivirus that gives you free protection for your personal computer. Adaware is PC protection developed by Lavasoft. The company has been in the business of producing security products from 1999. The free version offers basic protection such as real time blocking of the malicious processes, antivirus engine, and scanning of downloads. It does not offer web protection which helps in blocking malicious websites. It also does not offer real time email protection that scans attachments. Adaware also does not provide technical support.
Installation of the free product is easy. All you have to do is just visit the website and go to products then click on adaware antivirus free. You will see a table showing you what the free version entails. Tap on the download button to begin the installation process. You have to register to activate the program. You will have to provide your email address and name. After signing up, Adaware will download the latest antivirus definition and you can start using it.
You can launch full system scan with Adaware with just one click. You can also choose to do custom or quick scans. Custom scan provides you with more control because you get to choose the scan target and the paths to check. This software only gives you one custom scan.
Adaware is easy to use and newbie will not have any problem user the interface. However, Adaware does not offer plenty of features to keep your PC secure. This antivirus is unable to recognize new malware threats. The free version also misses out on many things such as behavioral protection that are necessary to protect your PC against viruses and other malware. Thus, the free version offers below average protection when it comes to new threats.
However, you will benefit from using Adaware by running it alongside other antivirus protection. It will be effective as secondary option. It is underpowered and will not be suitable being used as a first line of defense.
- It installs alongside other anti virus
- It is easy to use
- No web filtering
- It is not configurable
- It has limited behavioral monitoring
Premium version features
- Web protection
- Email protection
- Banking protection
- Network protection
- Parental controls