Free 1 year license of Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security! [24-hours only]

Software Description

The follow is a description of Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security as per the developer:

  • Complete Malware Protection, including Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware
  • Ad-Watch Live! Expert Real-time Protection
  • Genocode Detection Technology
  • Behavior-Based Heuristics Detection
  • Expert Level Rootkit Removal System
  • The Neutralizer Malware Removal Tool
  • Do Not Disturb Mode
  • Download Guard for Internet Explorer
  • Toolbox
    Including Process Watch, AutoStart Manager, Hosts File Editor, and ThreatWork
  • Network Drive Scanning
  • Automatic Pulse Updates & Free Technical Support
  • Complete Malware Protection
    A power-packed combination of our pioneer anti-spyware technology together with traditional anti-virus to provide comprehensive malware protection, including protection against virus, spyware, blended malware, trojans, rootkits, hijackers, keyloggers, and much more.
  • Ad-Watch Live! Expert
    Live! Expert gives you an additional layer of security by blocking connections to blacklisted IP addresses. It also adds process protection including behavior-based heuristics scanning, registry protection, and real-time network protection.

    • Real-time process protection – Blocks or suspends malicious processes and infected files that try to start or connect to your system, to prevent them from further integration in your system.
    • Real-time registry protection – Advanced detection of attempted registry changes, a favorite target for many malware distributors. Ad-Watch alerts you when a program tries to make changes to your Registry, giving you the power to block the threat or allow access.
    • Real-time network protection – Monitor outgoing network traffic and block connections to blacklisted IP addresses and known malicious websites to identify and stop active threats.
    • Real-time file protection – Blocks malicious files from entering your system, and alerts you to malicious files already on your PC.
  • Behavior-Based Heuristics Detection
    Extra Sensory Protection allows you to go a step beyond detecting known threats — the heuristics detection finds and blocks unknown and emerging threats and stops deceptive malware and cyber thieves before they attack your personal information.
  • Rootkit Removal System
    Expert level rootkit technology to uncover and remove even the most complex monitoring tools, stealth mechanisms and hidden code.
  • The Neutralizer
    Advanced removal tool combats malware that attempts to restore itself even after rebooting your system.
  • Download Guard for Internet Explorer
    Download Guard provides an additional layer of protection that lets you download files on Internet Explorer confidently. If the file is malicious, you will simply be notified during the download process so that you can take action before any malware can infiltrate your system.
  • Detect, Remove and Repair
    Ad-Aware intelligently cleans your system by removing all traces of the infection.
  • Do Not Disturb Mode
    Stay protected while watching videos, playing games, or making presentations in full screen mode – without annoying interruptions or strain on system resources that other security software programs cause.
  • The Toolbox
    Lavasoft has developed a range of useful stand-alone applications to help you optimize your computer’s performance.

    • Process Watch – View an in-depth snapshot of all running processes and quickly stop known offenders.
    • ThreatWork Alliance – Quickly identify whether suspicious files are safe or malicious – right-click any file or folder to perform an immediate Ad-Aware scan or submit to ThreatWork for analysis.
    • Hosts File Editor – An expert tool within Ad-Aware that allows you to take control of your web navigation by adding, deleting or making changes to the Hosts File to create Web navigational shortcuts and to block unsecure and harmful websites.
    • AutoStart Manager – Keep your computer running smoothly by taking control over what programs start when your computer does – reducing the toll on your system that occurs when unnecessary programs are running simultaneously.
  • Network Drive Scanning
    Scan network drives so you can detect malware on any shared disks on your network, not just on your hard disk.
  • External Drive Scanning
    Scan your external storage device, iPod, USB’s, or any other drives that you connect to your PC for an additional layer of security.
  • Pin-Point Scanning
    Quickly identify whether a suspicious file is safe or malicious – Right click any file or folder to perform an immediate scan, or send it to ThreatWork Alliance for analysis.
  • TrackSweep
    Control your privacy by erasing tracks left behind while surfing the web on multiple browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera, with one easy click.
  • Full integration with Windows Security Center
    Get Ad-Aware protection and status notifications through the Windows Security Center.
  • Free Technical Support
    Direct, in-product access to support. Get immediate answers to your questions by easily logging-in to the Lavasoft Support Center.
  • Automatic Pulse Updates
    Protect against the latest forms of malware with faster, continuous pulse updates to guard your privacy against cyber attacks throughout the license duration.

dotTech Advice

My typical source for authoritative security products detection rates (AV-Comparatives) has not tested Ad-Aware Pro, so it is hard for me to say how effective the program is. However, Ad-Aware Pro is 100 VB certified, and VirusBulletin’s RAP test lists “Lavasoft Pro” (presumably Ad-Aware Pro) as having good detection rates but not great detections rates. Furthermore, for what it is worth, PCMag loves Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security, giving it 4.5/5 stars and Editors Choice reward.

On a personal level, I find that Ad-Aware used to be a good program back in the day; but with gained popularity it gained bloat and now is an overly bloated program. Regardless of how well it detects malware, I wouldn’t install Ad-Aware on my computer even if I could get the Pro version for free for life. If you, however, decide to get Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security be sure to not run the live protection with other anti-malware programs. Ad-Aware used to be a “supplementary” security program that ran alongside main security programs. However, now Ad-Aware is a fully fledged main security program itself; running its live protection with other main security programs’s live protection will most likely slow your computer down.

Freebie Details

1 year license of Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security is available for free through CNET for a limited time. It is a 24-hour giveaway that ends 6 AM PST Tuesday December 28, 2010. So if you want Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security, you need to get it before then. Also there is no information on the shelf-life of this license, so you may or may not be able to activate it at a later date.

To get 1 year license of Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v9.0

Free updates: Yes, but for 1 year only

Supported OS: Windows 2000 and higher

Download size: 124 MB

  • Since this freebie is being offered through CNET, you need a CNET account (you may also use a CBS or Facebook account, if you have those). If you don’t have a CNET account, register one (it is free):

If registering a new account, you will need to confirm your e-mail address/account before it is active.

…and login:

  • Once you are logged in, click on BUY NOW:

  • Fill out the short form:

  • Confirm your “order”:

  • At the confirmation page, click on Get Your Product Now

…and you will be given a download link, your 1 year license code, and instructions on how to install and register Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security:

  • Download, install, and register Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security using the download link, activation key, and directions provided to you.
  • Enjoy!

If you have any trouble getting 1 year of Ad-Aware Pro Internet Security for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

Thanks prema23!

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  • Thai

    iv been using ad aware for very long time now, i was happy with it and had no problem but then i saw the offer for upgrading it to pro for free, so i took the opportunity. when i got it, it made my computer very slow… so i had to uninstall it in safe mode. everytime i install the free version, it goes back to pro.. how do i change it back??

  • robertmc8

    Updated I had reformated because of this software lol. I couldn’t login into my forums I go to. Stay way to next updated. Oh well it’s worth a try though lol

  • robertmc8

    I saw this freebiee can’t pass it up Ya I have CA internet suite but thought give adware another try. It’s extra protection hey couldn’t hurt can it?

  • alan

    I have fairly “clean” habits and all Ad-Aware ever found were “tracking cookies”.

    Then they “upgraded” and what had taken a few Mbyte of disc space with a simple folder that included a small uninstaller, suddenly took several dozen Mbyte including MSI installers that were essential to retain for any hope of upgrading or uninstalling. Even worse was the hidden processes that they insisted upon launching for continuous real-time monitoring, regardless of the fact I only ever used Adaware once a month for periodic on-demand scan of the system. I was able to kill all trace of the real-time running processes, and after less than 5 minutes they were running again.

    You have no need for viruses to ruin Windows for you if you have Adaware ! ! !

    At that stage I decided that I would rather have the tracking cookies thank you very much.

    One good thing about Adaware was that it uninstalled much easier than Norton ! ! !


  • Havilson

    Not working anymore, sold out.

  • jSwann0

    When I enter the serial number, it freezes the whole system. Tried 3 times, AAW froze the system 3 times.
    Merci quand même, Ashraf.

  • Charles


    IMHO, it is still bloated and the Tea Timer is a pain in the butt…
    Other than that, it has good detection rates.

  • barbfann

    I agree with a reviewer on CNET’s website..I used to use AA a lot and it was a good piece of software. But 124 MB is a bit large, and if that reviewer is correct, the bloated program includes unwanted “extras”, some that start on boot and are difficult if not impossible to weed out. To me, that’s built-in spyware in a spyware detector? I think I’ll stick with Super-Antispyware too.

  • Mike B

    I’m going to pass too. I’m using Comodo CIS for its firewall and Defense+ (application/process protection) including built-in sandboxing. I’ve got their real-time scanning disabled, because it’s a resource hog, so I’m using MSE 2.0 for antivirus/antispyware including real-time and scheduled scanning. The combination works well, and it’s all free, so there’s no worries about what happens in a year when the license expires. If you want to give this combo a try, be sure to exclude the Comodo processes in MSE (Settings | Excluded Processes | \\cfp.exe and \\cmdagent.exe). If you don’t exclude them, the two apps will fight with each other and bog down the pc, even if Comodo’s real-time scanning is disabled.

  • chuck

    You can install and run this alongside many AV’s as it will detect them upon installation and disable it’s file guard feature.I’ve run it with Avast,Avira,and even Spyware Dr. w/ AV.Let me further state that I don’t choose to let it run in the background (though I have with no “slow-downs” ala say Emisoft)and it has detected infections that were not found by MBAM and SAS!! This is a keeper,and “should have” on any Windows O.S.-For those complaining about start up/run control,look to the DotTech archives and get Anvir Task Manager (yes the promo still works as of yesterday),and you will have no problem controlling Adaware’s behavior

  • Haakon Aas

    @Haakon Aas:
    I must add to or modify my eralier comment.
    Few “antivirus” apps run well with others..some do, most do not.
    I JUST installed the Ad Aware Pro and its doing the intial full scan…with Kaspersky Pure running too. No problems so far…and that is a bit surprising :-)
    I could write more a bit later…but as this is a 24 hour offer…. guess it would be wasted time.
    Ad-Watch JUST found a malicious file that Kaspersky have missed…. :-)

  • Curt@dk

    Okay safety program, but wants to install Google Chrome
    Thanks for informing, Ashraf!

  • The Nice Guy

    I got it. The Problem was CookieSafe and NoScript in Firefox.

  • alabi

    Thanks for the info, you make it possible for me to get Ad Aware Pro. I”m a registered member of c net but i find it not possible to get it until i received email from and followed all instructions.

  • Mags

    I’m also hesitant about Ad-aware. At one time it was good, but then went downhill. I then chose Spybot, but it also went by the wayside. Now I use Malwarebytes.

    I’d be interested in knowing what you think of Spybot these days. Has it improved again or still not as good as it once was.

  • The Nice Guy

    Dont work’s for me i got always an error message from TrailPay when i try to Buy this App.

    Error Page:

  • Haakon Aas

    My experience too :-(
    I WILL try this one tho..and hope it can be turned OFF and on
    And only be run on “demand”…If not its…it will be removed-completely

  • Elric

    I had the free Ad-Aware program on my old computer and i agree that it seemed to slow my computer way down. Also it is a major pain on trying to just turn it off without having to simply uninstall it. When I finally got it turned off every so often it would pop back up without any warning. So I would assume that the pro version would do the same thing. I thank you for the chance at getting this but I think I will pass on this one.