Free download from Adaware.com - How much crap gets installed?

Discussion in 'Ad-Aware (Lavasoft)' started by Spawn, May 13, 2017.

  1. Spawn

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    Disclaimer:
    • I'm "acting" as my own new-average PC user who wants Free Security for my Windows 10 PC, and by visiting these sites I will click on the buttons that I think I will need for Free security.
    • In some cases Free Trials, Bundleware (Crapware) may be installed
    • Custom Install buttons will be ignored for the purpose of this experiment, but still may be shown.
    • Start-up Impact in Task Manager are not recorded, as results may vary per system.
    • Test system under VirtualBox running Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
    • I strongly advise you to make your own judgements
    Free Download from adaware.com - How much crap gets installed?

    Head over to adaware.com which is Lavasoft's new website for version 12. Once you follow the Discover Adaware Antivirus links, you'll be taken to download their "Get Adaware Antivirus Free" next to a chart showing their paid products.

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    The Adaware Web Installer will fetch the latest Updater for you.

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    In terms of a custom install, there's not a lot of choice apart from installing with No Real-Time protection, as Windows 10 comes with Windows Defender Antivirus. And for compatibility, stability and performance reasons, it's better to avoid using both simultaneously.

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    The adaware antivirus updater shows it's progress and what's being installed.

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    Once complete, the default browser is launched with a thank you message and "something new for you".

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    Clicking on Get Ad Block, it's only available for Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. As I don't have either nor was offered by adaware, I won't be using the Ad Block extension.

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    Upon completion, we are recommended to reboot and register when prompted. Let's reboot now.

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    Now that adaware antivirus is fully running, we get a message Free Registration or Enter Activation Key.

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    Following the Free Registration link, we are taken where we can Register or Get Pro Protection at a 25% discount.

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    If we follow the Get Pro Protection link, we are taken to the adaware Store where we receive a 1 year Pro license and a physical media (CD) with a saving price included. To continue, we must enter our billing address and payment details.

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    Browser closed. Adaware notifies us that we are not protected and must Get the latest definition files.

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    Please note, we have not yet Registered adaware, but we can proceed with updating the virus definition files, which is roughly 194MB. It may take some time, depending on your Internet connection.

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    Some time later.. adaware needs to scan the system and I perform a quick scan which takes about one minute to complete.

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    Now our PC is protected, but not activated.

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    As you can see, a lot of the features are greyed out with an Upgrade button. Upon clicking we are given a choice, however there is no discount now.

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    Investigating the (not activated) title bar message, from the Settings we are informed that the free version, if not activated, will expire in 30-days.

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    Windows Task Manager: Start-up list.

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    Complete list of installed software by adaware antivirus free.

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    A few final words:
    Installation & Customisation : It's a minimal process for a program that has a limited set of features. Users can chose to run alongside Windows Defender (on Windows 10) but lose out on real-time protection.
    Bundleware : No extra software was installed without user consent, but post-installation we could have tried "adaware ad block", however without Lavasoft offering Chrome or Firefox during installation, we did not get to try ad block.
    Up-sell Ads : Upgrade buttons are scattered around the Free antivirus which may prompt the user to pay up sooner rather than later.
    Discounts : After skipping the initial 25% discount, we didn't see it again and users may miss out on getting a good deal. Users are automatically paying more when Upgrading, as a physical installation CD is included in the basket.

    This concludes my How Much Crap Gets Installed with adaware free antivirus. Thanks for reading, commenting and any other feedback.
     
  2. Rengar

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    It wasnt that bad imo. Keep up the good work Spawn!
     
  3. mekelek

    mekelek Level 21

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    it's good to see that the standard seem to be the no bloatware free version not like the avira bloatware type.
     
  4. rockstarrocks

    rockstarrocks Level 14

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    Thanks for the review. Almost as good as BD, as crap was not installed whatsoever.
     
  5. Winter Soldier

    Winter Soldier Level 25

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    Thanks Spawn, in my eyes this proves that it is possible to share a free AV without tons of crapware.
     
  6. BugCode

    BugCode Level 10

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    Thanks Spawn all this "crap" threads, interesting :)
     
  7. Evjl's Rain

    Evjl's Rain Level 29
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    thanks for the review. I used to have a problem trying this program. It's a shame that there is no way to try the pro features
    and the free version requires registration to use

    if we have a deeper look, it's nowhere near BD. It does have BD 's signatures and that's everything. It doesn't have active threat control/BB, which is available in BD free, not sure if they are the same or different
    because the free version just has signatures but no other zero-day components and there is no trial for pro version, it's not recommended to use. There are much better free options
     
  8. Windows Defender Shill

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    Why would an AV name themselves something so similar to adware?
     
  9. deemanthax

    deemanthax Level 1

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    adaware adblocker captured by zemana antilogger..
    tanx for back to back crap threads... :):)
     

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  10. rockstarrocks

    rockstarrocks Level 14

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    Sorry if I wasn't clear, I just meant that just like BD, Adaware also doesn't install any bundled software. I wasn't comparing them based on their protection features.
     
  11. In2an3_PpG

    In2an3_PpG Level 11

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    Not too bad. Adaware taking the lead in the least amount of crap.
     
  12. ElectricSheep

    ElectricSheep Level 12

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    Wot? No crap? That's a good thing I suppose, but as I've never heard of this one before, I wouldn't have trusted it to start with...:D:D:D
     
  13. Deletedmessiah

    Deletedmessiah Level 15

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    Wow, no bundles and only upgrade nags. Really enjoying your "crap" threads Spawn!
     
  14. frogboy

    frogboy Level 61
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    Very cheeky post my friend. I like it. :D
     
  15. Cecilia

    Cecilia Level 1

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    They've changed the name from Ad-Aware to adaware. Heard of Ad-Aware by Lavasoft that has been around for almost 20 years?
     
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  16. Deletedmessiah

    Deletedmessiah Level 15

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    No pun intended. :p
     
  17. Arrabida Rock

    Arrabida Rock Level 3

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    Because i believe they were thinking a name to put adware out of way!!!
     
  18. blueblackwow65

    blueblackwow65 Level 11

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    Do you know how the ram and cpu amounts were?
     
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