Ad-Aware Free Antivirus learns to plays nice with other antivirus tools, improves malware engine
LavaSoft has released Ad-Aware Free Antivirus 11.2, a significant update to the Swedish security developer’s range of free and paid-for PC security products.
Version 11.2 tweaks its malware engine and improves the disinfection process, but also introduces a new option that enables users to install it alongside existing security software.
When users come to install Ad-Aware on their systems, the new, simplified installer will scan for existing security software -- if it’s detected and deemed "incompatible", users will be given the option of choosing a Compatible Install mode, which basically installs Ad-Aware as a second line of defense by disabling its real-time protection. Users should then regularly run scans with the program to provide an extra layer of security.
The new build also comes with the promise of a more robust and efficient malware detection engine, better customer support options to simplify the collection of samples for analysis, an updated disinfection process and tweaked user interface.
Paid-for users gain additional benefits: both Pro and Total users gain the promise of improved email protection -- including a new email whitelist feature, plus updated anti-spam controls. Total users also gain a revamped parental control system, which has been developed in partnership with BluePrintData.
The update is rounded off with the usual collection of bug fixes. Ad-Aware Free Antivirus 11.2 is available now as a free-for-personal-use download for PCs running Windows XP SP3 or later. Paid-for editions are also available with additional protection features.