Adware is a kind of malware that can be downloaded onto your computer unknowingly. It then monitors your computer to see what you are looking for and then show relevant ads. This can lead to a numerous unwanted ads that can be very distracting and slow your computer. It also poses serious privacy, health and security threats. Adware can also be used to steal your data and sell it to advertisers.

Lavasoft is the company behind Adaware has been developing antivirus software for years and is a legit company. The program has a straightforward installation and doesn’t require you remove your current antivirus. Once it is installed, you can perform a quick custom or full scan from the main dashboard and perform software updates.

Adaware offers three plans: free, Pro, and Total. The free plan comes with real-time protection and download protection but does not have an blocking ads. The Pro version is more robust and comes with unlimited tech support as well as email and web security as well as a robust firewall. It also includes a file shredder, digital lock, and parental controls.

In AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Security Tests, Ad-aware could block 95.4 percent of malware-related samples, but only 97% during the zero-day tests for detection. While these results may appear adequate, they’re far from being impressive when compared to the top performers in the field. If you’re interested in purchasing this antivirus, there’s a 30-day money-back assurance for both the Pro and Total versions.