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A Comparison of BitDefender vs Ad-Aware by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of BitDefender vs Ad-Aware by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of April 24, 2014).


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Versions:

BitDefender Antivirus Plus - The entry level product is BitDefender Antivirus Plus 2014 which includes the standard antivirus protection as well as some features such as USB scanning, remote launching, and search results checking to make sure you click on safe links.

BitDefender Internet Security - BitDefender Internet Security 2014 includes the same options as Antivirus Plus but it also includes antispam technology and parental control options. If you want the firewall and permanent file shredding options then you need this version.

BitDefender Total Security - BitDefender Total Security 2014 includes the same options as the Internet Security version but it has some cool features like an anti-theft option in case your laptop gets stolen, a file encryption option and a PC Tuneup.
Versions:

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 10 Free - Ad-Aware Free Antivirus is the most popular downloaded antivirus on the internet. It comes with a lot of solid features to compliment the standard antivirus protection such as link checking against the Ad-Aware cloud (Safe Browsing), a malware sandbox, and a game mode.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Personal Security - The Personal version includes all the previous as well as upgraded social network protection and extra security for online bank transactions.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Pro Security - The Pro version includes all the previous as well as a two way firewall, USB scanning, and anti-spam features.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Total Security - Total Security is the complete package with some sweet features such as a PC Tuneup, parental controls, online backup, data recovery and rootkit detection (rootkits are a very nasty flavor of spyware).
Strengths:

First and foremost BitDefender comes with a full one year trial on most of their products which is unheard of but pretty darn cool.
BitDefender scores very well in AV Comparatives false alarm test ranking 5 out of 21 in not getting fooled by false positives.
You have to love the anti-theft feature in Internet Security if your laptop gets stolen. That is a great feature.
Strengths:

With 450,000,000 downloads it is the most popular antivirus on the market.
The features on the free version are more robust than others. The Safe Browsing technology is a great feature. Ad-Aware leverages their incredible popularity to identify malicious links and update everyone to protect them from threats.
As for upgraded versions, you really need to go with the Total Security version. That is were the cooler features are at such as the PC Tuneup, Parental Control, and Online Backup.
Virtual Sandbox:

There is a sandbox option in the BitDefender toolbar when browsing websites that you feel may not be safe.
Virtual Sandbox:

Yes. Personal and Pro both contain a feature called Malware Sandbox Emulator.
PC Optimization:

There is a PC Tuneup available only with Total Security (not on Antivirus Plus or Internet Security versions).
PC Optimization:

Yes. Total Security includes a PC Tuneup but also Lavasoft has a standalone PC Tuneup product called Lavasoft Registry Tuner.
Backups / Online Storage:

Bitdefender Safebox is the backup system which syncs your files in the cloud.
Backups / Online Storage:

No. We couldn't find backup functionality in any of the Ad-Aware versions.
Parental Control:

BitDefender Total Security 2014 does have parental controls for blocking inappropriate content (even on schedule). It can also monitor Facebook activities.
Parental Control:

Yes. Ad-Aware Total Security includes parental controls by allowing websites with selected content to be viewed or restricted, monitoring web use and setting limits for time spent online.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. Links that come through on Facebook and Twitter to prevent social media viruses.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. The Personal and Pro Security versions help monitor malicious links that could be sent out via messaging and chat.
Customer Support:

Support includes chat, phone, and an online forum.
Customer Support:

Lavasoft includes support in the form of forums, phone and online ticket.
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