Adware is a type of malware that can be installed on your computer without knowing. It then monitors you to find out the things you search for, and then show ads that are relevant to the search results. This can result in many unwelcome ads that could be extremely distracting and slow down your computer. It also poses serious security health, privacy and privacy risk. Adware can be used to obtain data from you and then sell it to marketers.
The company behind Adaware is Lavasoft that has been around for a long time, and is the creator of legitimate antivirus software solutions. It is a simple installation process and doesn’t require you uninstall your existing antivirus. After installation, you are able to run a quick, complete or custom scan and then update the product by accessing the main dashboard.
Adaware offers three plans that include free, Pro and Total. The free plan includes real-time protection and download protection but does not have an ad blocker. The Pro version offers unlimited tech support, email and web security, and a robust fire wall. It also includes a document shredder, digital lock, and parental controls.
In AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Tests, Ad-aware could block 95.4 percent of malware samples, but only 97% in zero-day tests for detection. The results might appear good however they’re not as impressive when compared to other top-rated antiviruses in the market. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a 30-day money back guarantee.