Adware is a type malware that is installed on your computer without knowledge. It will then track your computer to see what you are searching for and display relevant ads. This can lead to an abundance of unwanted advertisements that can be distracting and slow down your computer. It could also pose serious privacy, health and security threats. Adware can be used to collect data from you and then sell it to marketers.

Lavasoft, the company behind Adaware has been developing antivirus software for a long time and is a legitimate company. The program is simple to install and does not need you to uninstall your current antivirus. Once the program is installed, you can perform a quick full or custom scan from the main dashboard, and then run product updates.

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

In AV-Comparatives‘ Real-World Protection Tests, Ad-aware was able to block 95.4% of malware samples, but only 97% in the zero-day detection tests. These results may appear to be good however they’re not impressive when compared with the leaders in the industry. If you’re interested in buying this antivirus, there is a 30-day money-back assurance for both the Pro and Total versions.