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Ad-Aware Free Antivirus 11.12

Keep your PC safe from harm with the latest edition of this popular antivirus tool

by Mike Williams

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 19 July 2016
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Downloads To Date: 19580
Developer: Lavasoft
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Ad-Aware 11.11 Free
Keep your PC safe from harm with the latest edition of this popular antivirus tool

First launched back in 1999 as a specialist antispyware tool, Ad-Aware has come a very long way in the following years - and this latest version adds more new features and functionality than ever.

The program's two engines now do an even better job of protecting you against viruses and spyware, for instance. And Ad-Aware Free now includes all the advanced real-time protection features which were previously only available in the paid edition. So malicious processes are detected and blocked before they can launch; the program monitors your Registry, alerting you when a program tries to make changes; and Ad-Aware blocks connections to known malicious websites to help keep you safe.

Ad-Aware Free tracks your downloads, too, detecting and blocking malware before it can be launched.

A new Ad-Aware Security Toolbar provides basic browsing protection (though only for IE or Firefox), scanning links and URLs in real-time to warn you of online dangers.

There are improvements in the program's performance, behavioural monitoring, sandbox and more.

And Ad-Aware Free is also easier to use than ever, thanks to a redesigned and simplified interface, and a new (to the Free edition) Game Mode which takes care of security business automatically while you're doing other things.

Put it all together and the program once again looks like a viable free antivirus contender, but if you need more power then of course Lavasoft have commercial editions available. Top of that list is Ad-Aware Pro Security, which includes all the above features and adds a two-way firewall, intrusion protection, automatic scanning of external storage devices, enhanced email protection, real-time web filtering, social networking protection and more: and it's all yours for an annual $36.

What's new in 11.12 (see complete changelog for more info)?

- Full Windows® 10 compatibility
- Full scanning capability in Safe Mode
- Improved update mechanism
- Increased windows XP and Vista support
- Minor bug fixes


Ad-Aware Free was lagging a little behind the free antivirus competition, but this release helps a lot, providing the real-time protection you need and introducing a cleaner, simpler, easier-to-use interface. If you're in the market for a free antivirus tool then it deserves a closer look.

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You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

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There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's new in 2.16.11?

 - Due to a bug in iOS 10, your notification sounds may not properly play until you restart your iPhone (press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds).
- In groups, you can now mention specific people to get their attention by typing the @ symbol and choosing someone from the picker. 
- When forwarding messages, you can now send to multiple chats at once 
- Ask Siri to send WhatsApp messages or place WhatsApp calls (iOS 10+) 
- Answer WhatsApp calls right from your lock screen, just like a standard phone call (iOS 10+) 
- A new Widget lets you quickly jump to a recent chat or see which chats have unread messages (iOS 10+)