Ad-Aware has been a very popular anti-spyware product since the days when the spyware protection was not included in common antivirus software. But since modern antivirus software include anti-spyware and anti-malware capabilities within one package, I stopped using Ad-Aware. But now Lavasoft has released their new version of Ad-Aware, Ad-Aware Antivirus+ 10 which comes with a very good anti-spyware and antivirus as well as anti-malware.
Ad-Aware Antivirus+ comes in five languages English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Ad-Aware Antivirus+ comes with a very simple interface. All the options are on the main screen. Most of the times, the user has to turn the protection switch on or off. It’s that simple!
If you are an Internet user, the most probable place from where the virus or malware can attack the system is the Internet itself. Ad-Aware Antivirus+ comes with download protection mode so that all your downloads are scanned before being saved into the system.
An interesting feature of Ad-Aware Antivirus+ is the Malware Sandbox Emulator. It is very similar to Avast Sandbox feature. Ad-Aware Antivirus+ automatically detects and runs suspicious executable inside the sandbox so that they may not be able to harm the computer.
Ad-Aware Antivirus+ also includes a gaming mode. You can enable the gaming mode while playing games. It will make the antivirus consume low resources and no notification will be displayed which may disturb your gaming experience.
Overall Ad-Aware Antivirus+ 10 seems to be a good antivirus but in my opinion it is not as mature as other free antivirus like Avast, Avira and AVG. There have been some complaints by the users about the antivirus making their systems slow or blue screen of death (BSOD) coming after installing the antivirus but overall it seems to go smoothly for most of the people.
Supported Operating Systems include 32-bit versions of Windows XP and 32-bit as well as 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.