Produced by cybersecurity company Lavasoft (formerly also known as Ad-Aware) Adaware’s goal is to combat the kinds of rogue programs and privacy invasions that many consumers aren’t even aware of. This includes programs that track your surfing habits, courses that block your browser’s start page and applications that show annoying advertisements at the most uncomfortable times. This free software comes with several features that increase your device’s security, and ensure it runs smoothly.

Adaware detected most of the malware we tossed its way. However, it had trouble getting rid of some malware. The program does have a number of helpful extras like a privacy monitoring tool, an registry scanner, a file shredder, and advanced monitoring of networks. Adaware doesn’t offer as much protection as the top antivirus software.

The last time adaware was a participant in AV-Test lab tests, it was able to block only ninety-five. 4.4% of threats that are not a day old and 97% of known risks. They’re not terrible however they don’t come close to what the most powerful security suites accomplish.

Adware users who want to perform better should think about the alternatives. We suggest Kaspersky and Bitdefender that are known for their reliable performance in real-world tests. Some users may be disappointed that only users of the Pro and Total plans have access to online technical and customer support. The company does provide a range of information and frequently asked questions on its website, however.