Adware is a type of malware that can be installed on your computer unknowingly. It will then track you to find out what you are looking for and then display advertising relevant to the search results. This can result in a numerous unwanted ads that can be very distracting and slow your PC. It also can pose serious security as well as health and privacy dangers. Adware is a tool that can steal data from you and then sell it to marketers.
Lavasoft, the company behind Adaware, has been working on antivirus software for a long time and is a legitimate business. It is easy to install and doesn’t require you to remove your existing antivirus. After installation, you are able to conduct a quick, thorough or custom scan and update the product on the main dashboard.
There are three plans offered with adaware: free, Pro and Total. The free plan offers real-time protection and download protection but does not have an blocking ads. The Pro version is more extensive and includes unlimited tech support, as well as email and web protection, as well as a strong firewall. It also adds a file shredder, digital lock, and parental controls.
In AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Security Tests, Ad-aware was able to block 95.4 percent of malware samples but only 97% in zero-day detection tests. These results may seem good but they’re not that impressive when compared to other top-rated antiviruses in the market. If you’re interested in purchasing this antivirus, there’s a 30-day money-back assurance for both the Pro and Total versions.