Adaware, a product of cybersecurity company Lavasoft, (formerly known as Ad-Aware) is designed to protect users from privacy-related threats and rogue applications of which the majority of users are unaware. This includes programs that path your surfing habits, courses that block the start page of your browser and applications that display annoying advertising at the most uncomfortable times. This free program offers several features that will boost your device’s security and ensure that it runs smoothly.
In our tests, adaware was able to detect most of the malware we tried to throw at it. However, it had a difficult time getting rid of certain malware. The program includes a few useful extras, including a privacy monitor and registry scanner. It also includes an advanced file shredder, monitoring of networks, and a privacy watch. It’s important to note, however, that adaware does not provide quite as much protection as the top antivirus tools in the industry.
The last time adaware participated in AV-Test lab tests, it was able to block only ninety five. 4% of 0-day risks and 97% of known risks. These aren’t terrible scores, but they’re not near the top security suites.
Adaware users seeking better performance should consider alternatives. We recommend Kaspersky and Bitdefender as they are known for their reliability and performance in real-world tests. Also, only Pro and Total plan users get access to online technical and customer support, which may be a little disappointing for certain users. The company does provide numerous information and frequently asked questions on its website, however.