Ad-Aware has faced its ups and downs over the past few years, shimmying in and out of relevancy. Though last year’s version was an overall improvement over its prior incarnations, our review staff had ultimately concluded that there was still some maturing to do if Lavasoft was aiming to reclaim the throne as top security honcho.
Gone is the Vipre scanner that powered it before and Ad-Aware now comes primarily powered by Bitdefender’s core security engine and with added perks and utilities.
The installation process isn’t exactly short when you include the extra download time to grab the virus definitions but it’s not unbearable. Like many other security programs before it, Ad-Aware does come bundled with an in-house toolbar; but before you go on snickering in disgust, it’s actually a surprisingly useful utility.
The toolbar add-on is one of the least obnoxious things we’ve ever used among browser bundles. Granted