Adware is a kind of malware that can be installed on your computer in a way that you are unaware of. It then monitors your computer to discover what you are looking for and display relevant advertisements. This could lead to an abundance of unwanted ads that can be distracting and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious health, privacy and security threats. Adware is also able to steal your data and sell it to advertisers.

The company behind adaware is Lavasoft that has been around for a long time, and is the creator of legitimate antivirus software solutions. The program is easy to install and does not need you to uninstall your current antivirus. After it’s installed you can run a fast custom or full scan from the main dashboard and run the necessary updates to your product.

Adaware offers three plans that include free, Pro and Total. The free plan provides real-time protection as well as download protection but does not include ads blocking. The Pro version offers unlimited tech assistance, web and email security and a robust fire wall. It also includes a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.

Ad-aware blocked 95.4 percent of AV-Comparatives’ real-world tests for protection however, it was unable to block 97% of zero-day samples. Although these numbers may seem adequate, they’re not exactly impressive when compared to the leaders in the industry. If you’re interested in buying this antivirus, there’s a standard 30-day money-back guarantee for both the Pro and Total versions.