Adware is a type of malware that can be downloaded onto your computer without you knowing. It can then monitor your computer to see what you are looking for and then display relevant advertising. This can lead to an abundance of unwanted ads which can be very distracting and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious security health, privacy, and security risks. Adware can be used to collect data from you and then sell it to marketers.
The company behind Adaware is Lavasoft which has been in existence for a long time, and is the creator of legitimate antivirus software solutions. It is easy to install and doesn’t require you to uninstall your current antivirus. Once it is installed, you can run a fast, full or custom scan from the main dashboard, and then run product updates.
Adaware offers three plans that include free, Pro and Total. The free plan offers immediate protection against downloads and viruses but does not include the ability to block ads. The Pro version includes unlimited tech assistance, web and email security and a robust fire wall. It also includes a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.
Ad-aware could block 95.4 percent of AV-Comparatives’ real-world tests for protection but only 97% of zero-day tests. Although these numbers may seem decent, they are far from impressive when compared to the top performers in the industry. If you’re interested in purchasing this antivirus, there’s an ordinary 30-day money back guarantee for both the Pro and Total versions.