Adware is a kind of malware that is installed on your system without your knowledge. It can then monitor your computer to find out what you are looking for and show relevant ads. This can lead to a an overwhelming amount of ads that can be very distracting, and slow down your computer. It could also pose serious privacy, health and security threats. Adware can be used to obtain data from you and then sell it to marketers.
The company behind adaware is Lavasoft that has been in operation for decades and develops legitimate antivirus software solutions. The program has a straightforward installation process and doesn’t require you uninstall your existing antivirus. Once it is installed, you can run a speedy full or custom scan from the main dashboard, and then run software updates.
There are three plans that come with adaware, including free, Pro and Total. The free plan comes with real-time protection, download protection, but not the ad blocker. The Pro version offers unlimited tech support, email and web security as well as a robust fire wall. It also comes with an electronic lock, a parental control and a file shredder.
In the AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Tests, Ad-aware managed to block 95.4 percent of malware-related samples, but only 97% during the zero-day detection tests. These results may appear to be good however they’re not exactly impressive when compared against the top brands in the market. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a 30 day money-back guarantee.