Adware is a type malware that can be downloaded onto your computer in a way that you are unaware of. It then monitors your activities to discover the things you search for, and then display ads that are related to those searches. This can lead to an abundance of unwanted ads which can be distracting and slow down your computer. It also can pose serious security as well as health and privacy threats to your health and security. Adware is also able to steal data from you and sell it to advertisers.

Lavasoft, the company behind adaware, has been developing antivirus software for years and is a reputable company. The program is simple to installation and doesn’t demand that you delete your current antivirus. After it’s installed you can perform a quick custom or full scan from the main dashboard, and then run product updates.

Adaware offers three plans: free, Pro, and Total. The free plan offers real-time protection as well as download protection but does not include ad blocking. The Pro version offers unlimited tech support, web and email security, as well as a strong fire wall. It also comes with a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.

Ad-aware was able to block 95.4 percent of the AV-Comparatives real-world test for protection however it could only block 97% of zero-day samples. While these results may seem good, they’re not impressive when compared to the top performers in the field. If you’re considering purchasing this antivirus, there is a standard 30-day money-back guarantee for both the Pro and Total versions.