Adware is a kind of malware that can be downloaded onto your computer without knowing. It can then monitor your activities to discover what you are searching for and then show ads that are relevant to the search results. This can result in huge amount of unwanted advertisements that can be very distracting, and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious security, privacy and health risks. Adware can be used to steal data from you and then sell it to marketers.
Lavasoft the company behind Adaware has been developing antivirus software for years and is a legitimate business. The program has a straightforward installation process and doesn’t require you uninstall your existing antivirus. Once installed, you can perform a quick, full or custom scan, and then update the product on the main dashboard.
There are three plans offered that include adaware: free Pro and Total. The free plan includes immediate protection against downloads and viruses but does not include ads blocking. The Pro version provides unlimited tech assistance, web and email security, as well as a strong fire wall. It also includes a document shredder, digital lock and parental controls.
Ad-aware blocked 95.4% in AV-Comparatives Real-World testing but only 97% of zero-day samples. These results might seem impressive, but they are not exactly impressive when compared against the best in the field. If you’re interested in buying this antivirus, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee for both the Pro and Total versions.