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Ad-Aware is an anti-spyware and anti-virus program that detects and removes malware, spyware and adware on your computer. Ad-Aware will detect viruses, Trojans, spyware, tracking components, bots, aggressive advertising, browser hijackers etc. It includes anti-spyware, antivirus, and anti-rootkit protection, as well as integrated protection against real-time threats.

This text will help you with the installation process of Ad-Aware Free Antivirus program; and will show you how to use the scanning and updating options.

The link to download the installer http://www.lavasoft.com/products/ad_aware_free.php

When you press Download, a dialog box will appear where you need to press the Save File so you can save it to your computer.

1. Save File

After you download the installer, locate the file and double-click it to launch the setup wizard. Once the dialog box appears, press Run.

2. Run

A new window will appear where in the upper right corner you can select the Language you wish to use for the installation process from the drop-down menu.

By installing this program you are accepting the terms and conditions of End-User License Agreement and the Privacy Policy of Ad-Aware Safe Browsing Add-On.

On this window, by checking the square boxes in the lower left corner, you can also choose to install Lavasoft Safe Browsing Add-On and you can make Lavasoft Secure Search your default search provider.

Then select an install type depending on your needs, you can click Custom Install, or click Compatible Install to install the application as a second line of defense if you already have another antivirus on your computer. I chose Custom Install.

3. Install type

In the next window that appears you can choose manually the destination folder for the installation of Ad-Aware by clicking the Change button; Check the square box to create a Desktop icon after the Ad-Aware is installed. After that, press the Next button.

4. Destination folder

The Ad-Aware Antivirus installation will begin and you can see the installation process.

5. Installation progress

Now the Ad-Aware Antivirus has been successfully installed on your computer. Click the Finish button to close the Ad-Aware Setup Wizard.

6. Finish

To complete the installation, you must restart your computer. Click the Yes button.

7. Restart

Once your computer restarts, the Ad-Aware Antivirus is completely installed.

  • Scanning

When you open the program, by double-clicking the Ad-Aware desktop icon, click Scan in the upper right corner.

8. Scan

A new window will appear where you can choose to do a Quick Scan, a Full Scan or a Custom Scan by clicking the correspondent button and then clicking Scan.

9. Scanning options

  • Updating

When you open the Ad-Aware Antivirus, click Options on the menu bar.

10. Options

A new window will appear. Click on the Update tab and select the Enable check box to update for a new version of the program automatically.

11. Update

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