Adware is a type malware that can be downloaded onto your computer without you knowing. It can then monitor your computer to find out what you are searching for and then display relevant advertisements. This could lead to numerous unwanted ads that can be extremely distracting and slow down your computer. It could also pose serious privacy, health and security risks. Adware can be used to steal data from you and sell it to marketers.
Lavasoft the company behind Adaware has been developing antivirus software for years and is a legit company. It is easy to install and doesn’t need you to uninstall your existing antivirus. Once the program is installed, you can perform a quick full or custom scan from the main dashboard, and then run software updates.
There are three plans available that include adaware: free Pro and Total. The free plan offers real-time protection as well as download protection but does not include advertising blockage. The Pro version is more robust and comes with unlimited tech support, as well as email and web protection as well as a strong firewall. It also comes with an electronic lock, a parental control, and a file shredder.
Ad-aware was able to block 95.4 percent of AV-Comparatives’ real-world test for protection however it could only block 97% of zero-day tests. While these results may appear adequate, they’re far from impressive when compared to the leaders in the industry. If you’re thinking of purchasing this antivirus, there’s a standard 30-day money-back guarantee for both the Pro and Total versions.