Adware is a type malware that can be installed on your computer in a way that you are unaware of. It can then monitor your computer to see what you are searching for and then display relevant ads. This could result in a numerous unwanted ads that can be very distracting, and slow down your PC. It could also pose serious health, privacy and security risks. Adware can be used to collect data from you and sell it to marketers.

Lavasoft, the company behind Adaware, has been working on antivirus software for a long time and is a reputable company. It is a simple installation and doesn’t require that you uninstall your current antivirus. Once it is installed, it can run a rapid, full or custom scan from the main dashboard and execute product updates.

There are three plans to choose from with adaware: free, Pro and Total. The free plan includes real-time protection and download security but does not include ad blocking. The Pro version includes unlimited tech support, web and email security, as well as a strong fire wall. It also comes with the digital lock, a parental control, and a file shredder.

In the AV-Comparatives Real-World Protection Tests, Ad-aware managed to block 95.4 percent of malware samples but only 97% of malware samples in the zero-day tests for detection. These results might seem impressive however they’re not that impressive when compared to the top brands in the market. If you’re considering purchasing this antivirus, there’s a standard 30-day money-back guarantee for both the Pro and Total versions.