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Performance Challenges - Ad-Aware Total Security - Lavasoft

In June 2010, Lavasoft AB performed extensive research to gain understanding of the performance and amount of resources used by popular security suites on the market today. We know customers are looking for fast and light products that are easy to use, while still not compromising the security of their PC's. Ad-Aware Total Security combines industry-leading malware detection and removal power with multiple layers of additional protection for complete security and PC health, and is lighter and faster 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.

Memory used when idle

* The smaller the number, the better

Memory used in realtime mode

* Note that BitDefender uses 9 times more resources than Ad-Aware Total Security.
* N/A in Panda Internet Security

Memory used in realtime mode infection executed Memory used during scan

Clean-Up Comparison

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 (Total % removed) Csrss (Total % removed)

* Symantec's Norton Internet Security leaves 80% of the infection on your computer.

Taskmqr (Total % removed)

Test System Details

  • Windows 7 32 bit
  • RAM 512MB
  • Hard Disk 16GB
  • AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ 2.77 GHz

Software Configuration

All products were updated with the latest available updates as of the date of test.

Ad-Aware Total Security
Version 21.1.0.7
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2010
Version 17.0.0.136
BitDefender Internet Security 2010
Version 6.00.3790.0
Panda Internet Security 2010
Version 15.01.00

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