Adware is a type malware that can be installed on your computer without you knowing. It will then track your computer to determine what you are searching for and display relevant advertisements. This can result in many unwanted ads that can be very distracting and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious health, privacy and security risks. Adware can also be used to steal your information and sell it to advertisers.
Lavasoft is the company behind Adaware, has been working on antivirus software for years and is a legitimate company. It is easy to install and doesn’t need you to uninstall your current antivirus. After installation, you are able to run a quick, complete or custom scan, and update the software from the main dashboard.
Adaware offers three plans that include free, Pro and Total. The free version offers immediate protection against downloads and viruses but does not include ads blocking. The Pro version is more complete and includes unlimited technical support, web and email protection and a robust firewall. It also adds a file shredder, digital lock, and parental controls.
In AV-Comparatives’ real-world Protection Tests, Ad-aware managed to block 95.4% of malware samples but only 97% in the zero-day detection tests. These results may appear to be good, but they are not as impressive when compared to other top-rated antiviruses in the market. If you’re interested in buying this antivirus, there is a 30-day money-back assurance for both the Pro and Total versions.