Adware is a form of malware that is installed on your computer with no awareness. It then monitors you to see what you search for and then display advertising relevant to the search results. This could result in a an overwhelming amount of ads that can be extremely distracting, and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious privacy, health and security risks. Adware is also able to steal your personal information and sell it to advertisers.
Lavasoft the company that developed Adaware, has been creating antivirus software for a long time and is a legit company. The program is simple to install and does not require you to remove your current antivirus. Once it’s installed, you can perform a quick, full or custom scan from the main dashboard and run software updates.
Adaware offers three plans that include free, Pro and Total. The free plan includes real-time protection and download protection but does not include ads blocking. The Pro version is more robust and comes with unlimited tech support, email and web protection as well as a robust firewall. It also comes with an electronic lock, parental control, and a file shredder.
In AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Security Tests, Adware managed to block 95.4% of malware samples but only 97% of malware samples in the zero-day detection tests. These results may seem good but they’re not that impressive when compared to the best in the field. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a 30 day money back guarantee.