Adware is a type of malware that is installed on your computer with no knowledge. It can then spy on your computer to find out what you are looking for and display relevant advertising. This can result in numerous unwanted ads which can be extremely distracting, and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious health, privacy and security threats. Adware is a tool that can collect data from you and sell it to marketers.
Lavasoft is the company behind adaware, has been developing antivirus software for a long time and is a legit company. It is easy to install and doesn’t require you to remove your current antivirus. Once the program is installed, you can run a fast complete or custom scan from the main dashboard and perform software updates.
Adaware offers three plans that include free, Pro and Total. The free plan offers real-time protection as well as download protection but does not include ad blocking. The Pro version is more complete and includes unlimited tech support, web and email protection and a robust firewall. It also comes with a file shredder, digital lock, and parental controls.
In AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Security Tests, Ad-aware managed to block 95.4% of malware, but only 97% in the zero-day tests for detection. While these results may appear decent, they are not exactly impressive when compared with the best in the industry. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a 30 day money-back guarantee.