Adware is a type of malware that is installed on your computer without your awareness. It will then track your activities to discover what you are searching for and then show ads that are relevant to those searches. This can result in a an overwhelming amount of ads which can be extremely distracting and slow your computer. It could also pose serious privacy, health and security risks. Adware can also be used to steal your data and sell it to advertisers.
The company behind Adaware is Lavasoft that has been around for decades and develops legitimate antivirus software solutions. The program is easy to install and doesn’t need you to uninstall your existing antivirus. After it’s installed it can run a rapid full or custom scan from the main dashboard, and then run the necessary updates to your product.
There are three plans available with Adaware: free, Pro and Total. The free plan offers real-time protection and download protection but does not include an the ad blocker. The Pro version includes unlimited tech support, email and web security as well as a robust fire wall. It also includes a document shredder, digital lock and parental controls.
In AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Security Tests, Ad-aware was able to block 95.4% of malware, but only 97% in the zero-day detection tests. These results might seem impressive however they’re not impressive when compared with the top brands in the market. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus are backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.