Adware is a form of malware that can be downloaded onto your computer without you knowing. It can then monitor your activities to discover what you search for and then display advertising relevant to the search results. This could result in many unwanted ads which can be extremely distracting and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious health, privacy and security risks. Adware is also able to steal your data and sell it to advertisers.
Lavasoft, the company behind adaware, has been developing antivirus software for years and is a legitimate company. It is a simple installation and doesn’t require that you remove your current antivirus. Once installed, you can perform a quick, comprehensive or custom scan, and then update the product from the main dashboard.
Adaware offers three plans which include Pro, free, and Total. The free plan offers real-time protection and download security but does not include ad blocking. The Pro version includes unlimited tech support, web and email security, and a robust fire wall. It also includes a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.
In the AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Tests, Ad-aware managed to block 95.4% of malware, but only 97% during the zero-day detection tests. These results may appear to be good, but they are not impressive when compared with the best in the field. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a thirty-day money-back guarantee.