Ad-Aware is a recognized anti-spyware program ( anti-spy s), adware anti- (anti-advertising), who now works as an antivirus that offers real - time protection, becoming known as Ad-Aware Free Antivirus.
It analyzes RAM, registry, hard drives and external storage devices for adware and spyware, such as: advertising pop-ups, keyloggers, rootkits, programs or cookies that try to collect information in order to send it without consent, Trojans or other types of malicious processes that seek to steal bank account numbers or passwords, and so on. It also includes anti-phishing techniques to detect fake sites.
After performing the analysis of the mentioned components, Ad-Aware eliminates all the suspicious elements, thus maintaining a greater degree of privacy when surfing the Internet.
This new edition 2014 was redesigned and has significantly improved performance, improving what has to do with updating viruses, including support for multiple browsers (including Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera), as well as other new features. It adds a tool that analyzes all the downloads that the user performs or receives through e-mail or down from a social network, and is in charge of putting a brake on and blocking the installation of those files that could damage the system.
Ad-Aware now also offers permanent anti-virus protection , through its Ad-Watch Live! Tool, but it is still advisable to continue using the trusted antivirus. Both applications can be used at the same time, this being a good complement in its anti-spy function.
This antivirus and antispyware is not only capable of scanning the PC but also allows scanning and analyzing external devices such as USB memory or multimedia devices (iPod, MP4 players, etc.).
There are other more advanced, but not free, products that add even more functionality and greater protection against possible hacking by hackers, which can be evaluated over a period of 30 days. A comparison of versions can be consulted in the official site of Lavasoft. These Pro versions add more functions, such as a firewall, a tool whose purpose is to analyze applications or processes that try to connect to a remote server to send data.
Ad-Aware Free Antivirus + 11 (11.9.696.8769) is the latest version, updated in December 2015. It works on Windows 10, 8, 7, Windows Vista (32 and 64-bit) and Windows XP, recommending a processor at 800MHz or Higher, and a RAM of 1GB or higher. It is available in Spanish.