Adware is a form of malware. It is not as dangerous as viruses that cause system damage or spyware that collects data however, it can be as disruptive and annoying. It can also perform unwelcome tasks on your device, like recording the locations you visit and then displaying advertisements that are targeted to the specific locations. Adware authors can earn money by displaying ads that are targeted without having to sell the product directly.
As opposed to other similar products, Adaware Review offers only Windows protection. The free version doesn’t even support Mac or iOS devices. It also provides 24 hour technical support for customers of its Total and Pro packages. The basic package comes with live-time monitoring of your behavior and antivirus, along with automatic scanning of downloaded files and a strong firewall. It does not include web and email protection or other additional features like a file shredder.
In the lab tests conducted by AV-test the software performed very well. It managed to eliminate all the known threats it tested against and block 97% of 0-day attacks. These results are impressive, but not as high as the best security suites.
If you choose to buy the top-tier solution, Adaware Total, it’s worth noting that it’s currently 30 percent more expensive than competitors. This is because the company has decided to move away from offering a variety of protection levels and instead bundle their tools into one package. This means that you’ll only get one license, it does give you access to a wide range of privacy and PC maintenance tools, including the elimination of tracking cookies optimization tools that speed up Windows boot times, and the ability to block apps from accessing your camera or microphone.