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Adware is a kind of malware that is installed on your computer without your knowledge. It will then track your activities to discover what you are looking for and then display advertising relevant to those searches. This could result in an abundance of unwanted ads which can be very distracting and slow down your computer. It can also pose serious privacy, health and security threats. Adware is a tool that can obtain data from you and sell it to marketers.

The company behind adaware is Lavasoft that has been around for many years and has been developing legitimate antivirus software solutions. The program is easy to install and does not require you to remove your current antivirus. Once installed, you can conduct a quick, thorough or custom scan and then update the product via the main dashboard.

There are three plans available that include adaware: free Pro and Total. The free plan offers 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, email and web protection as well as an effective firewall. It also comes with a file shredder, digital lock and parental controls.

Ad-aware was able to block 95.4 percent in AV-Comparatives’ Real-World test for protection, but only 97% of zero-day samples. These results might seem impressive but they’re not as impressive when compared to the leaders in the industry. If you’re interested in purchasing this antivirus, there’s a 30-day money-back assurance for both the Pro and Total versions.