Adware is a kind of malware that can be downloaded onto your computer in a way that you are unaware of. It can then monitor you to find out what you search for and then show ads that are relevant to those searches. This can result in numerous unwanted advertisements that can be extremely distracting and slow down your computer. It could also pose serious security as well as health and privacy dangers. Adware can be used to obtain data from you and then sell it to marketers.

The company behind adaware is Lavasoft that has been in operation for a long time, and is the creator of legitimate antivirus software solutions. The program has a straightforward installation and doesn’t demand that you uninstall your current antivirus. Once you’ve installed it, you can perform a quick, full, or custom scan and update the software on the main dashboard.

There are three plans that come with adaware: free, Pro and Total. The free plan includes real-time protection and download protection but does not include an ad blocker. The Pro version is more comprehensive and comes with unlimited tech support, email and web protection, as well as an effective firewall. It also adds a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.

In AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Security Tests, Ad-aware managed to block 95.4% of malware, but only 97% in the zero-day detection tests. The results might appear good, but they are not exactly impressive when compared against the leaders in the industry. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.