Produced by cybersecurity company Lavasoft (formerly commonly referred to as Ad-Aware) Adaware’s goal is to combat the kinds of rogue applications and privacy invasions that many users aren’t even aware of. Adaware consists of programs that track your browsing habits, programs that hijack the start page of your browser, and apps that display annoying advertising at the worst times. This free software also provides numerous additional features to improve security and keep your device working efficiently.

Adaware detected most of the malware we threw its way. It had trouble getting rid of some, however. It also comes with useful features, including privacy monitors and a registry scanner. It also includes a file shredder, advanced monitoring of networks, and an privacy watch. Adaware doesn’t offer the same level of protection as most popular antivirus software.

The last time adaware participated in AV-Test lab tests, it managed to block only ninety-five. 4percent of threats that are 0-day and 97% of known risks. These aren’t bad scores, but they’re not near the top security suites.

Adaware users looking for better performance should look into alternatives. We recommend Kaspersky and Bitdefender as they are known for their reliable performance in real-world tests. Also, only Pro and Total plan users receive access to online technical and customer support. This can be a little disappointing for certain users. The company does provide a variety of information and Frequently Asked Questions on its website, however.