Adware is a kind of malware that is installed on your computer with no awareness. It can then monitor your computer to determine what you are looking for and then display advertising relevant to those searches. This could result in a large number unwanted ads that can be very distracting and slow your computer. It could also pose serious health, privacy and security threats. Adware is also able to steal your data and sell it to advertisers.
Lavasoft, the company behind Adaware, has been creating antivirus software for years and is a legitimate company. It is easy to install and doesn’t require you to remove your current antivirus. Once you’ve installed it, you can conduct a quick, thorough or custom scan, and update the product from the main dashboard.
Adaware offers three plans including free, Pro and Total. The free plan offers real-time protection and download protection but does not include advertising blockage. The Pro version includes unlimited tech assistance, web and email security as well as a robust fire wall. It also comes with a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.
In the AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Tests, Ad-aware was able to block 95.4% of malware samples but only 97% during the zero-day detection tests. While these results might seem acceptable, they’re far from being impressive in comparison to the top contenders in the field. If you’re considering purchasing this antivirus, there’s an ordinary 30-day money back guarantee for both the Pro and Total versions.