Manufactured by cybersecurity provider Lavasoft (formerly commonly referred to as Ad-Aware) Adaware’s goal is to fight the various types of malicious applications and privacy infringements that a lot of consumers aren’t even aware of. This includes programs that track your browsing patterns, courses that alter the start page of your browser and applications that display irritating advertisements at the most unsettling times. This free software also provides an array of additional features to boost security and ensure your device runs efficiently.

In our tests, adaware was able to identify the majority of the malware we tossed at it. It did have trouble removing some, however. It also comes with useful extras, including privacy monitors and a registry scanner. It also comes with an advanced file shredder, monitoring of networks, and a privacy monitor. It’s important to note, however, that Adaware doesn’t provide quite as much protection as the top antivirus tools in the market.

Adaware’s last participation in AV Test tests in the lab resulted in a blockage of just 95. The 4% of risks that are 0-day and 97% of known risks. These aren’t bad scores but they aren’t as good as the top security suites accomplish.

Adware users who want to perform better should consider alternatives. We recommend Kaspersky, Bitdefender and others because they are known for their reliability during real-world testing. Some users may be disappointed to learn that only customers of the Pro and Total plans have access to online customer and technical support. On its website, the company offers numerous information and frequently asked questions.