Adware is a form of malware that can be installed on your computer unknowingly. It will then track your computer to see what you are searching for and show relevant ads. This could lead to an abundance of unwelcome ads that could be extremely distracting and slow down your computer. It also poses serious security as well as health and privacy threats to your health and security. Adware can be used to steal data from you and then sell it to marketers.

Lavasoft is the company behind Adaware, has been creating 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 you’ve installed it, you can conduct a quick, thorough, or custom scan and update the product via the main dashboard.

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 blocking ads. The Pro version is more complete and includes unlimited tech support, email and web protection as well as a strong firewall. It also adds a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.

In AV-Comparatives’ real-world Protection Tests, Ad-aware could block 95.4 percent of malware samples, but only 97% in the zero-day detection tests. While these results might seem acceptable, they’re not impressive when compared with the best in the field. If you’re considering purchasing this antivirus, there is a 30-day money-back assurance for both the Pro and Total versions.