Adware is a kind of malware that is installed on your computer without your knowledge. It can then monitor you to see what you are looking for and then show ads that are relevant to those searches. This can result in a large number unwanted ads that can be very distracting and slow your PC. It could also pose serious security, privacy and health risks. Adware can also be used to steal your information and sell it to advertisers.
Lavasoft the company behind Adaware, has been creating antivirus software for a long time and is a legitimate business. The program is simple to installation process and doesn’t require you delete your current antivirus. After installation, you are able to run a quick, complete or custom scan and update the software on the main dashboard.
There are three plans offered with adaware, including free, Pro and Total. The free plan provides immediate protection against downloads and viruses but does not include ads blocking. The Pro version is more complete and includes unlimited tech support, as well as email and web protection, as well as a powerful firewall. It also adds a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.
Ad-aware was able to block 95.4 percent of the AV-Comparatives real-world test for protection however, it was unable to block 97% of zero day samples. These results may seem good however they’re not as impressive when compared to other top-rated antiviruses in the market. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.