Adware is a kind of malware that can be installed on your computer unknowingly. It then monitors your computer to discover what you are searching for and then display relevant advertising. This can result in huge amount of unwanted advertisements that can be extremely distracting and slow your PC. It also poses serious security, privacy and health risk. Adware is also able to steal your personal information 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 require you to uninstall your existing antivirus. After installation, you are able to perform a quick, comprehensive, or custom scan and update the software from the main dashboard.
There are three plans that come that include adaware: free Pro and Total. The free plan includes real-time protection, download security but does not include an the ad blocker. The Pro version is more robust and comes with unlimited tech support, as well as web and email protection and a strong firewall. It also includes a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.
Ad-aware was able block 95.4% in AV-Comparatives Real-World test for protection but only 97% of zero-day samples. These results might seem impressive, but they are not that impressive when compared to other top-rated antiviruses in the market. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a thirty-day money-back guarantee.