Lavasoft Ad-Aware Total Security 10 Review

  • MORE

Editors' rating:
The Pros

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Total Security offers extensive protection; it can even back up data and recover accidentally deleted files.

The Cons

Many internet security products offer more thorough protection, as is indicated by AV-Test 2012 results.


Lavasoft Ad-Aware offers great internet security at an affordable price, but there are many products that outperform

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Total Security provides all the features you want and require to keep you safe and secure on the internet. From parental controls to identity theft protection and instant messaging protection, this suite covers the spectrum of what is considered total internet security. The user interface is easy to use, and you can quickly find the necessary tools to set up and configure the security settings on your computer.

article continued below

Besides the standard scanning options, which are manual or scheduled, you can also find system-tuning tools and data-recovery tools. The tuning tools allow you to improve your system's speed and performance, while the data-recovery tools help you retrieve accidentally deleted files. The program automatically backs up your documents, music, photos and any other important files and stores them in the case of a system failure. Along with this automatic backup, Lavasoft provides up to 1GB of online storage space for free, so that you can keep any file password protected separate from your normal files that the data recovery can retrieve. However, if you do decided to delete a file, you can do so permanently using the file shredder. The file shredder will destroy the selected file, never to be retrieved again, for ultimate personal information security.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Total Security uses anti-virus technology that recognizes new and existing malware by genealogical and behavioral characteristics, stopping threats with cloud security before they can reach your computer. You can change the settings to filter out unwanted emails, and the program has a built-in spam blocker to help protect your computer. When surfing the internet, Ad-Aware Total Security blocks suspicious websites and keeps your information secure, even on social media sites. For even more security, the program comes with parental controls that you can set to keep your little ones from navigating to unsafe or inappropriate websites. It also allows you to monitor their computer use and keep track of what websites they visit.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Total Security provides continuous updates to protect you from any new threats in real time. However, if you need help with Lavasoft Ad-Aware Total Security for whatever reason, you can contact the company 24/7 by email, or by phone during business hours. This support is provided for free, or you can choose to purchase extra cloud storage and protection. The website has helpful information including FAQs pages, online manuals and video tutorials. Having purchased Lavasoft Ad-Aware Total Security, you can create an account on the website where you receive one-on-one attention and can keep track of your customer support concerns. Lavasoft also maintains a blog and a support forum, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Antivirus software is important if you plan to spend any time connected to the internet, but an internet security suite is more than just an antivirus program. Lavasoft Ad-Aware Total Security offers features far beyond in the scope of antivirus software. Features such as parental controls, data recovery and system tuning add a new element to computer security. The file shredder, the automatic online backup, and the filtering and anti-phishing features keep your personal information secure.

Recommended by Outbrain
Ask a Question
Laptop Mag & Tom's Hardware
Software Type Security
Platforms Windows Phone 7
Required Processor P733 MHz or better
Software Required OS: Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows Vista (32/64-bit), Windows XP SP2 (32-bit)
Required RAM Minimum 512 MB
Disk Space 1.5 GB
Company Website