Adware is a kind of malware that is installed on your system without your awareness. It can then monitor your computer to determine what you are looking for and display ads related to the search results. This could result in a huge amount of unwanted advertisements which can be extremely distracting and slow your computer. It also poses serious health, privacy and security risks. Adware can also be used to steal your information and sell it to advertisers.
The company behind Adaware is Lavasoft which has been in existence for a long time, and is the creator of legitimate antivirus software solutions. The program is simple to install and doesn’t need you to uninstall your existing antivirus. Once installed, you can run a quick, complete or custom scan, and update the software via the main dashboard.
There are three plans to choose from that include adaware: free Pro and Total. The free plan comes with real-time protection, download security but does not have an blocking ads. The Pro version is more extensive and comes with unlimited tech support, as well as web and email protection and a robust firewall. It also comes with a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.
In AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Security Tests, Adware managed to block 95.4 percent of malware samples but only 97% in zero-day tests for detection. Although these numbers may seem decent, they are not exactly impressive when compared to the top performers in the field. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a 30 day money-back guarantee.