Free License Ad-Aware Pro – Today Only!

imageYesterday, I pointed out the difference between companies who are stuck in a Twentieth Century marketing mode, versus those companies who “get it”, and who understand marketing in the Twenty First Century.

I’m referring to mature software developers who focus on the big picture, and create opportunities for significant numbers of users to benefit from giveaways. Not 5 or 10 free licenses, as companies who are stuck in the past continue to do.

The developers of the highly regarded anti-malware application Ad-Aware, for example, have joined forces with CNET and are giving away (for one day only), a one year license for one of their flagship products, Ad-Aware Pro.

The only restriction on this giveaway is – you must signup for any one of CNET’s newsletters since the free offer is restricted to CNET members. This really isn’t overly onerous, since CNET’s newsletter are some of the most interesting and informative available. In point of fact, I subscribe to 10+ CNET newsletters.

The following screen captures will give you an idea of the process involved in getting your free license for this noteworthy anti-malware application. The process is similar to buying a product from a merchant site. But, no money changes hands.

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Downloading from both CNET and Ad-Aware directly, was extremely slooow. My normal download speed is 1.7 MB/sec, so the download speed shown in the following screen capture are absolutely unacceptable.

Yes, it may be true that the servers are inordinately busy due to the free offer, but with a little planning, this could have been avoided. I’m not whining here, but good business practices dictate that contingency plans should be in place to deal with the unexpected. Hell, that’s Business 101.


Ad-Aware Gives You the Power To…

  • Shop, bank, and make travel arrangements online
    Ad-Aware actively shields you from the latest cyber threats, including virus, spyware, password stealers, keyloggers, trojans, dialers, and other potential identity thieves.
  • Stay safe on social networking sites
    Ad-Aware keeps your passwords and personal information safe to make sure you can socialize freely, without having to worry about dangerous intrusions and prying eyes.
  • Download photos, music, and other files with confidence
    Download Guard and Ad-Aware’s behavior-based detection finds suspicious files and threats before they integrate into your PC and attack your personal information.
  • Control your privacy
    Erase tracks left behind while surfing the Web, on browsers such as Internet Explorer, Opera, and Firefox, in one easy click.
  • Safeguard your secure documents
    Ad-Aware actively shields you and your business from deceptive applications and cyber attacks.
  • Enhance computer performance
    Conserve resources and reduce downtime by using automated scans to identify and remove malicious applications that eat up memory.
  • Get Peace of Mind
    Ad-Aware cleans and restores your system after an attack to keep your PC running as new.

To take advantage of this limited time offer go to: the offer page.

Note: This offer is good until December 28, 2010, at 6 a.m. PT.

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19 responses to “Free License Ad-Aware Pro – Today Only!

  1. TRY

    Thank you Sir,
    I got it but I wonder how it compares with competition though.

    • Hey Try,

      Well, with in excess of 300 Million downloads of the free version at CNET alone (where it’s rated as a 4 star application), it’s undeniably a popular program.

      There’s no doubt that it has improved considerably in the last year or so, but it wouldn’t make my top 3 anti-malware application list. Still, since this is a free offer for the commercial version, it’s worth considering.


  2. John

    Good one, am downloading as I type.

    Must say that for a first from any software company for me at least that Ad-Aware has recognised that the Aussie dollar is actually stronger than the US dollar and would have charged a lesser figure if I was to pay for it.

    Unlike a certain very well know software company that deals with back-ups & cloning etc which wanted to charge me $Au 20 more for the same product yesterday, that’s when I hit delete.


    • Hey John,

      You have just described a problem I run into frequently. The Canadian $ fluctuates constantly against the US $, and Canadian consumers are frequently screwed because of it. Like you, when this occurs, I hit “delete.

      Equally as frustrating I find, is ordering from The other day I bought a video game (in US currency), on Amazon for $9, which cost $16.99 to deliver by mail! Only $3 to deliver by mail in the US. They must think we deliver by dog-sled here. Bizarre!!



  3. leofelix

    Hello Bill
    thank you for this great find.
    Ad-Aware started to use VIPRE engine for virus removal and its own known antispyware technology so it must be very good in detection rate
    It takes more than 100 kb in my task manager.
    While it offers a prowerful real time protection and a behavior blocker it lacks of a effective web protection (Only IE downloads are scanned).

    Once again thank you

    • Hi Leofelix,

      I must admit, I’ve been a long time fan of the VIPRE engine – happy to hear it’s included here. I’m seeing about the same memory load as you are – about 100 kb.

      Thanks for pointing out the lack of alternate browser protection. As a FF affectionato, that’s disappointing.

      As always, your comment is very instructive.



  4. Jose

    Not my favorite application, but thanks Bill.
    Keep up the the good work.


    • I have to agree Jose. It’s not my favorite either.

      Just finished a full scan which took over 5 hours. Oh so slow!! MSE completes the same scan in 1 hour 20 minutes, and MalwareBytes finishes in under 1 hour and 10 minutes.



  5. Rob

    Hi Bill,
    Been using the free version for years… suppose it would be good to try the pro version is see how they differ. Add me in.

    • Hi Rob,

      I think you’re misreading the article – this is not a contest.

      Follow the instructions in the article, and you’ll get a free license for the pro version, immediately. No need to enter a draw, no waiting, no luck involved.

      You’ll find the pro version is much more inclusive than the free version.



  6. yup adaware is no doubt a very powerful software,I used it long time back 3 to 4 years back with KIS and its damn strong and as leofelix stated it includes vipre(dint know that) it must be more powerful and I am damn hard fan of sunbelt counterspy another vipre company`s product


    also shared this last night on my site and soon going to start a forum hope to see you there as well as it would be for computer troubleshooting and you are a malware removal specialst

  7. jSwann0

    When I enter the serial number, it freezes the whole system. So, hard reset. Did it 3 times. No way to make it work.

  8. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Used the free version a while ago and then moved on to other things. Can’t resist a free offer, though (gift horses, mouths etc) so will give it a whirl. Thanks for the heads up.

    Kind regards

  9. @jSwann0

    even when I was trying to register it happened but that time I was also playing with bitdefender uninstallation might be thats why it happened but later on i dropped the idea of lavasoft but will try on my other machine just update us how you manage to register it

  10. Mal

    Hey Bill,
    I used to use this app years ago, until it became what I consider Bloatware. As you pointed out, it takes forever to do a proper scan. Still, for new users, it’s better than nothing I guess. I’ll stick with MSE, MWBytes, and Superantispyware.

    • Hey Mal,

      Agreed. I gave this a fair try, but 5+ hours to complete a scan is just nuts!. On top of that, it impacted my browsing speed – not by much, but that makes it a no go on my machines.