Performance Challenges - Ad-Aware Free - Lavasoft
In June 2010, Lavasoft AB performed extensive research to gain understanding of the performance and amount of resources used by popular anti-virus/anti-spyware products on the market today. We know customers are looking for faster and lighter products, while still not compromising the security of their PC's. By focusing on core consumer needs, Ad-Aware provides advanced threat protection, and is significantly lighter and faster than our previous versions (and than many of our competitors.)
The charts below show the results of these tests. The test configuration and the specific versions of the software are listed after the graphs.
* Malwarebytes uses more than twice as much memory during scans than Ad-Aware Free.
* Microsoft Security Essentials takes almost 4 times longer to perform a scan than Ad-Aware Free.
In many cases, even after scanning and removing infections from your computer with anti-malware software, fragments of the infection are still left behind. Ad-Aware goes a step beyond simply detecting and removing malware; Ad-Aware intelligently cleans and rids yours system of harmful traces of the infection in order to restore your computer.
Below is a comparison between popular anti-virus/anti-spyware programs and their clean-up process of common infections. The test configuration and the specific versions of the software are listed after the graphs.
* Hotbar was not detected by AVG, thus the infection was not removed by these programs.
* Taskmqr was not detected by AVG, thus the infection was not removed by this program.
Test System Details
- Vista 32 bit
- RAM 1GB
- Hard Disk 16GB
- Intel Core i7 2,67 GHz
All products were updated with the latest available updates as of the date of test.
- Ad-Aware Free Internet Security
- Version 8.3
- Avast! Free Antivirus
- Version 5.0.507.0
- AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
- Version 9.0.0
- Avira AntiVir Personal — Free Antivirus version
- Version 10.0.0.567
- Iobit Security 360
- Version 1.41
- Microsoft Security Essentials
- Version 1.0.1961
- Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
- Version 1.46