Adware is a form of malware that can be downloaded onto your computer without you knowing. It will then published here track your computer to determine what you are looking for and display ads related to the search results. This can lead to numerous unwanted ads that can be distracting and slow down your computer. It also poses serious security, privacy and health dangers. Adware can be used to collect data from you and then sell it to marketers.

Lavasoft the company that developed adaware, has been developing antivirus software for years and is a legitimate company. The program is simple to install and doesn’t require you to remove your existing antivirus. Once installed, you can run a quick, complete or custom scan, and then update the product via the main dashboard.

There are three plans offered with Adaware: free, Pro and Total. The free plan provides real-time protection and download security but does not include the ability to block ads. The Pro version is more robust and comes with unlimited tech support, as well as email and web security as well as a strong firewall. It also comes with a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.

Ad-aware could block 95.4% in AV-Comparatives Real-World tests for protection, but only 97% of zero day samples. These results may appear to be good however they’re not that impressive when compared to the best in the field. Both the Pro and Total versions of this antivirus come with a 30-day money back guarantee.