Adaware Antivirus Free
Safeguard your computer from online threats
Adaware Antivirus Free antivirus safeguards your computer from online threats so you can focus on the things that matter to you — connecting with friends, checking email and watching videos.
As a pioneer in privacy protection and antispyware, adaware (formerly Lavasoft), has been the recipient of multiple awards since 1999. Each year, adaware antivirus is submitted to independent labs for testing and has consistently scored in the 99th percentile for protection against all forms of malware. As a result, adaware is highly regarded as one of the best and most stable antimalware programs on the market.
The on-demand scanner offers users multiple options for antivirus scanning:
- Quick Scan performs a basic scan of your computer’s active processes to detect malicious activity.
- Full Scan thoroughly checks all of your computer’s processes and files.
- Custom Scan allows you to decide which locations in your computer are scanned for malicious activity.
- Automated scan allows you to schedule the antivirus scanner to work around your schedule, including the frequency, type of scan and time of day.
Automatic definition updates download the latest malware information to ensure your protection against the latest threats. The program checks for new definition files every hour but the frequency can be adjusted to conserve system and network resources.
Real-Time Protection works in the background to protect your computer as you work or play, scanning files for potential malicious activities. Built-in smart scan technology checks previously-scanned files with less frequency to conserve system resources.
Active Virus Control
The Active Virus Control feature scans and prevents malicious processes in real time. It monitors the actions of applications at the process level to identify possible malware activities.
The Email Protection feature is intended for users who use desktop email clients such as Microsoft Outlook and store the emails on their local computer. This feature scans all incoming and outgoing emails to ensure they have not been compromised by malware and protects users accordingly, logging and deleting malicious attachments before they have a chance of infecting your computer. Additionally, this feature notifies users of spam messages. When the Email Protection feature is enabled, emails are marked with a footer indicating that they have been scanned by adaware antivirus.
The Web Protection feature warns you if the site you’re trying to visit is suspected of phishing or distributing malware. This provides an additional layer of protection beyond the built-in defenses of your web browser. The Web Protection feature consults multiple databases for the latest phishing and malware links to provide up-to-date protection against the latest online threats.
Network Protection enables a firewall which stops hackers from infiltrating your home network and accessing your files. The default mode of Network Protection closes ports which are potential entry points to infiltrate your home network. Additional options allow adaware antivirus to monitor all process changes and adapters on your network for alterations made by malicious programs. An optional stealth mode allows your PC to become invisible on its network.
Parental Control is an extension of the Web Protection feature which allows parents to filter online content according to their child’s age and unique needs. Parents can consult a categorized list which allows them to use preset groups of banned websites based on their child’s age range. Alternately, parents can create their own categories of websites to block and initiate a custom filter.
- Last update
- RequiresWindows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
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