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Sep 8, 2015
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Ad-Aware Total Security Review

Fernando Ortega
Protection against virus, spyware, trojans, rootkits, blended malware
A review of Ad-Aware Total Security by Fernando Ortega

Ad-Aware Total Security is an advanced security suite that includes an award winning malware scanner that can detect and clean virus, trojan, spyware, adware, etc. infections, a two-way firewall and an anti-spam engine.

It also enables Web and instant messenger protection, parental control, data backuping and system tuning.

The malware scanner protects the computer against infections in real time and in on-demand mode, it uses multiple engines that work independent of each other and ensures high defense against infections and gives the very best results.

Depending on your computer's performance, you can deactivate one or use both engines, customize the actions that are taken in case of malware detection, adjust the system components that are included in the scanning process and the way the scan engines monitor the operating system.

This security software uses behavior and signatures-based detection methods, it checks files inside archives, email attachments, system areas, network accesses, files during writing in real time mode, manages the list of exceptions (these files will skipped during scanning), generates log reports, quarantines suspicious objects and automatically checks for new malware signatures.

Ad-Aware Total Security supports scheduled operations (users can create and schedule individual tasks that launch one or both virus engines and scan different areas of the operating system on predefined dates and times) and manages the quarantined items (these can be submitted for analysis, restored or deleted).

The on-demand virus scanner performs full or partial system scans (checks different areas of the operating system such as memory, registry, startup items, removable media, local disks and detects the presence of rootkits).

A smart built-in wizard allows you to create a bootable CD, that runs automatically on system startup and checks the computer for viruses and malware (this operation doesn't require the operating system to load).

The generated log files include all performed actions and can be saved to the local disk or printed. The updating of the virus signatures can be manual or automated and ensures that the computer is protected against the latest threats.

Web Protection guarantees that you don't fall victim to fraudulent or infected websites during the browsing of the Internet. This security component scans all accessed HTTP addresses, controls the download size limit, quarantines infected downloaded objects and protects instant messaging (integrates into Microsoft Messenger and Trillian).

Phishing Protection blocks any attempt that tries to redirect the accessed Web pages (ex. during online banking) to fake websites to steal your personal information. The Webfilter engine frequently updates its databases to be able to block the newest phishing Web sites.

The firewall monitors the activity of the network, controls applications that try to access the Internet and prevents hacker attacks.

It uses multiple security levels, automatically creates rules for applications and ports, detects unknown server applications, reports new unprotected networks and network attack attempts (port scans, SYN, UDP and ICMP flooding, etc.).

Email Protection is used to keep you safe from infected email attachments, it prevents the accidentally sending of messages that contain malware. This component checks sent and received emails and appends reports to malicious mails.

Spam protection fights against SPAM and unwanted advertising emails. The spam filter uses a white and a blacklist to automatically identify which emails are trusted or not, it also uses content filtering, email text and subject analysis and takes the appropriate reaction (depending on the default or user customized settings).

Parental Control lets you manipulate the surfing behavior and computer use for children. Personal filters can also be created, these contain whitelists (allowed web content) and blacklists (prohibited content). Using the log manager, the administrator can view each user's activity on the Internet.

Tuner is a built-in tool, that allows the optimization of the operating system. It enables the phishing filter in Internet Explorer, deletes passwords and form data saved in web browser, enables attachment security and text-only display in Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail.

The Tuner also shows hidden files and file extensions, protects user accounts, checks downloaded files for infections, disables script execution and automatic codecs downloading in Media Player, JavaScript in Adobe Reader, defragments all disks, empties the Recycle Bin, cleans the Registry, deletes browser's cookies, history list, cache and many more.

Using this system optimization tool, all changes made to the operating system can be chronologically undone. A scheduler enables the launching of automatic tuning procedures.

Backup tool allows you to store your personal and sensible data into a safe place, to create copies of your music, images, emails and documents, schedule backup operations and restore files anytime to their original location.

You personal data can be uploaded and downloaded from an FTP server, burned to CDs / DVDs or copied to an other disk or partition.

Ad-Aware Total Security also displays the real time usage of CPU and system memory, creates statistics with the scanned emails, Web content and files, lets you disable each component of the security suite and to download new virus signatures manually.

Overall, Ad-Aware Total Security is a professional security suite, that has an easy to use fully configurable interface, it gives you the power to use the Internet, work with personal data, send and view messages, chat with others, optimize the computer and backup your files in a safe secure environment.


Ad-Aware Total Security is licensed as Shareware for the Windows operating system / platform from anti spyware software and can be used as a free trial until the trial period ends (after an unspecified number of days). The Ad-Aware Total Security 11.8.586.8535 demo is available to all software users as a free download with potential restrictions and is not necessarily the download of the full version.

This antivirus software is filed under:
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  • Major release: Ad-Aware Total Security 11.8
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Compatibility with this antivirus software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Lavasoft.

Ad-Aware Total Security has been picked by our editors as excellent.
Ad-Aware Total Security has been tested for viruses and malware.
We have tested Ad-Aware Total Security 11.8.586.8535 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]

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