Adware is a type malware that can be installed on your computer without you knowing. It can then spy on your computer to determine what you are looking for and display relevant advertisements. This could result in numerous unwanted ads which can be very distracting and slow down your computer. It also poses serious security, privacy and health 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 around for decades and develops legitimate antivirus software solutions. It is a simple installation and doesn’t require that you delete your current antivirus. Once it’s installed, you can run a fast full or custom scan from the main dashboard and perform software updates.

There are three plans offered with Adaware: free, Pro and Total. The free plan includes real-time protection and download protection but does not include ads blocking. The Pro version offers unlimited tech assistance, web and email security, as well as a strong fire wall. It also includes a document shredder, digital lock and parental controls.

In the AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Tests, Adware managed to block 95.4 percent of malware-related samples, but only 97% in zero-day tests for detection. While these results may appear acceptable, they’re far from impressive in comparison to the top contenders in the industry. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a thirty-day look at this now money-back guarantee.