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Compare Windows Defender vs Ad-Aware

Overall Score:
7.6
Features
Value for money
Support
Ease of use
Price:$0
Overall Score:
7.2
Features
Value for money
Support
Ease of use
Price:$36
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Scanning
Real-time Antivirus
Manual Virus Scanning
USB Virus Scan
Registry Startup Scan
Auto Virus Scanning
Scheduled scan
Threat type
Anti-Spyware
Anti-Worm
Anti-Trojan
Anti-Rootkit
Anti-Phishing
Anti-Spam
Chat/IM Protection
Adware Prevention
Compatibility
Windows
Mac
Android
IOS
Usage
Ease of use
Extra features
Personal Firewall
Parental Controls
Gamer Mode
VPN Service
Smartphone Optimizer
Device Tune-up
Safe browser
Support
Live Help
Phone support
Ticket support

Last Customer Reviews: Windows Defender vs Ad-Aware

Jake
I just completed my upgrade of the Windows Defender anti-virus. I must say, it is cool, but I can hardly tell the difference between the versions.. Good firewall service but not so user-friendly interface.
joseph
Windows Defender will immediately scan any external device that is placed on your computer, it is a nice idea, but then I think the developer should upgrade the software to identify devices that it has previously scanned, so it doesn’t keep scanning a device more than once daily. My own thoughts tho…the firewall service is also commendable.
jenna
I am so happy to have this software. Free and I have no viruses! However, my laptop overheats from time to time...
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Windows Defender highlights:

  • Provides robust protection from most types of malware
  • Has a built-in firewall
  • Phishing protection for IE and Edge browsers
  • Parental control feature is available.
  • Comes pre-installed in Windows OS; protection is enabled by default.

Ad-Aware highlights:

  • Offers a free baseline real-time monitoring antivirus
  • Compatible with Windows 7 and higher
  • Requires less than 1% of CPU to perform the scans
  • Users can install other antiviruses along with Adaware if they choose the compatible mode
  • Monitors registry to spot modifications
  • Detects and blocks malware before it has any chance to run
  • Offers a sandbox to run infected files without any harm to the system