Adware is a type of malware that is installed on your computer without knowledge. It will then track your activities to discover what you are looking for and then display advertising relevant to the search results. This can lead to a huge amount of unwanted advertisements that can be extremely distracting and slow your computer. It can also pose serious health, privacy and security threats. Adware is also able to steal your information and sell it to advertisers.

Lavasoft the company behind Adaware has been developing antivirus software for a long time and is a reputable company. The program is easy to install and doesn’t need you to uninstall your existing antivirus. Once the program is installed, you can run a fast full or custom scan from the main dashboard, and then run product updates.

Adaware offers three plans that include free, Pro and Total. The free plan provides immediate protection against downloads and viruses but does not include ad blocking. The Pro version is more robust and comes with unlimited tech support as well as email and web security as well as an effective firewall. It also comes with a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.

Ad-aware blocked 95.4 percent Check Out of AV-Comparatives’ real-world tests for protection however it could only block 97% of zero-day tests. These results might seem impressive but they’re not as impressive when compared to other top-rated antiviruses in the market. If you’re thinking of purchasing this antivirus, there is a 30-day money-back guarantee for both the Pro and Total versions.