Adware is a kind of malware that can be downloaded onto your computer unknowingly. It can then spy on your computer to see what you are searching for and then display relevant ads. This could lead to an abundance of unwanted advertisements that can be distracting and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious privacy, health and security risks. Adware can also be used to steal your personal information and sell it to advertisers.

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

Adaware offers three plans which include Pro, free, and Total. The free plan includes real-time protection as well as download protection but does not include ad blocking. The Pro version is more robust and includes unlimited tech support, as well as web and email protection and a powerful firewall. It also adds a file shredder, digital lock, and parental controls.

Ad-aware was able block 95.4 percent in AV-Comparatives’ Real-World tests for protection but only 97% of zero day samples. While these results may seem decent, they are not exactly impressive when compared to the top performers in the industry. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus are backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.

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