Adware is a type malware that is installed on your computer with no awareness. It can then monitor your computer to determine what you are searching for and then display advertising relevant to those searches. This could result in many unwanted ads which can be very distracting and slow down your computer. It also poses serious health, privacy and security threats. Adware can be used to take your personal information and sell it to marketers.

Lavasoft is the company behind Adaware, has been working on antivirus software for a long time and is a reputable company. It is a simple installation and doesn’t demand that you uninstall your current antivirus. Once the program is installed, you can run a fast full or custom scan from the main dashboard and perform software updates.

Adaware offers three plans that include free, Pro and Total. The free plan includes real-time protection, download security however it does not include ad blocker. The Pro version is more complete 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 Protection Tests, Ad-aware could block 95.4 percent of malware-related samples, but only 97% in the zero-day detection tests. Although these numbers may seem decent, they are far from being impressive when compared to the leaders in the industry. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a thirty-day money back guarantee.