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Update from version 11.15 or lower

If you are using an older version of adaware antivirus, e.g. 11.15 or 11.12, you can easily update to the latest version. You can install the latest version of adaware antivirus at no additional cost and your license will not be affected.

When a new update of the adaware antivirus program is available, you will get the similar notification popup below:

Update Popup

adaware antivirus free users

To update an older version of adaware antivirus to the latest one, proceed through the steps listed below:

  1. With the notification displayed, click the Update Ad-Aware Now button.
  2. The button will open the web browser to adaware.com to get the latest adaware antivirus version.
  3. Download the installation file.
  4. Run the downloaded file to start the installation process.
  5. Your old adaware antivirus will be uninstalled automatically, and restart may be required to finalize the process. After the restart, installation of adaware antivirus will continue.
  6. Follow the instructions on your screen to complete the installation.

Warning icon After you have finished with the update, you need to download the latest definition files, as they were removed during the update.

adaware antivirus personal/pro/total users

1. With the notification popup displayed, click the Update Ad-Aware Now button.

2. You may see a notification from the User Account Control (UAC). Click Yes to proceed.

3. Wait for a new adaware antivirus web installer and updater to be downloaded:

Downloading Updater window

4. Once the updater is downloaded, you will be prompted to uninstall the older version:

Welcome to 12 Wizard

5. Click the Continue button to proceed.

6. An older version of adaware antivirus will be removed.

Uninstall Older Version progress

7. Click the Reboot Now button to finish uninstallation of the previous version.

Restart Computer to Complete the Uninstall window

8. After your Windows starts up, adaware antivirus 12 installation should start automatically. If it does not start automatically, don't worry. Just double click your Adaware_Installer.exe to start program installation manually.

You may see a notification from the User Account Control (UAC). Click Yes to proceed.

UAC

9. Wait  for a new adaware antivirus updater to be downloaded:

Downloading Updater window

10. Now that you have a a new updater downloaded, please install the adaware antivirus 12 product on your computer by following the steps from our installation article.

Warning icon If you remove the older version manually through the Windows Control Panel, PC reboot is required as well. Afterwards, proceed through the steps of the adaware antivirus install section.

Warning icon After you have finished with the update, you need to download the latest definition files, as they were removed during the update.

Two alternative ways to update your adaware antivirus

First way

  1. Go to the Home tab.
  2. Click the Update Now button.
  3. Repeat the steps described above starting from the step 2. 

Second way

  1. Go to the Notification Center tab.
  2. Click the View or Learn More link of the Software Update Available block.
  3. Click the Update Now button of the New Update Available window.
  4. Repeat the steps of the adaware antivirus free users or adaware antivirus personal/pro/total users sections described above starting from the step 2.