Adware is a type malware that can be downloaded onto your computer unknowingly. It then monitors your activities to discover what you are searching for and then display ads that are related to those searches. This can result in a numerous unwanted ads which can 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 information and sell it to advertisers.
The company behind adaware is Lavasoft that has been in operation for decades and develops legitimate antivirus software solutions. It is easy to install and does not require you to remove your existing antivirus. Once it’s installed, it can run a rapid complete or custom scan from the main dashboard, and then run product updates.
There are three plans available with adaware, including free, Pro and Total. The free plan offers real-time protection and download protection but does not include an the ad blocker. The Pro version is more complete and includes unlimited tech support as well as email and web security as well as a strong firewall. It also includes a digital lock, a parental control and file shredder.
In AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Tests, Ad-aware could block 95.4 percent of malware-related samples, but only 97% of malware samples in the zero-day tests for detection. These results may seem good but they’re not exactly impressive when compared against the leaders in the industry. If you’re interested in buying this antivirus, there is a standard 30-day money-back guarantee for both the Pro and sites Total versions.