Adware is a type of malware that can be downloaded onto your computer unknowingly. It can then monitor you to see the things you search for, and then display advertising relevant to the search results. This can result in a large number unwanted ads which can be extremely distracting, and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious security health, privacy, and security threats to your health and security. Adware can be used to take your personal information and then sell it to marketers.
The company behind adaware is Lavasoft which has been around for many years and has been developing legitimate antivirus software solutions. The program has a straightforward installation and doesn’t demand that you uninstall your existing antivirus. Once it is installed, you can run a speedy, full or custom scan from the main dashboard and perform product updates.
There are three plans that come with adaware: free, Pro and Total. The free plan comes with real-time protection, download protection but does not have an ad blocker. The Pro version is more extensive and includes unlimited tech support as well as email and web security as well as a strong firewall. It also comes with a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.
Ad-aware was able block 95.4 percent of the AV-Comparatives real-world tests for protection however it could only block 97% of zero day samples. While these results may seem adequate, they’re far from being impressive in comparison to the top contenders in the field. If you’re thinking of purchasing this antivirus, there’s a standard 30-day money-back guarantee for both the Pro and Total versions.