Adware is a type of malware that is installed on your system without your knowledge. It can then spy on your computer to determine what you are searching for and then display advertising relevant to the search results. This can result in numerous unwelcome ads that could be extremely distracting and slow down your computer. It could also pose serious security, privacy and health risk. Adware can also be used to steal your data and sell it to advertisers.
Lavasoft, the company behind adaware, has been developing antivirus software for years and is a legit company. The program is simple to installation and doesn’t demand that you uninstall your existing antivirus. After it’s installed you can run a speedy full or custom scan from the main dashboard and perform software updates.
There are three plans to choose from that include adaware: free Pro and Total. The free plan offers real-time protection, download security, but not blocking ads. The Pro version is more extensive and comes with unlimited tech support, email and web protection as well as a robust firewall. It also adds a file shredder, digital lock, and parental controls.
Ad-aware blocked 95.4% in AV-Comparatives Real-World tests for protection however, it was unable to block 97% of zero-day test samples. While these results may seem decent, they are not exactly impressive when compared with the best in the industry. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus are backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.