Adaware is a product by cybersecurity provider Lavasoft, (formerly known as Ad-Aware), is designed to stop the kinds of privacy-related threats and rogue applications of which many consumers are unaware. This includes programs that path your browsing patterns, courses that alter the start page of your browser and apps that display annoying advertising at the most unsettling times. This program is free and comes with a number of options that will increase your device’s security, and ensure it runs smoothly.

In our tests, adaware was able to recognize the majority of the malware we tried to throw at it. It had difficulty removing some malware, however. It also comes with useful extras, like privacy monitors and a registry scanner. It also comes with a file shredder, advanced network monitoring, as well as an privacy watch. Adaware doesn’t provide the same level of protection as most popular antivirus software.

Adaware’s most recent participation in AV Test tests in the lab resulted in the blocking of just 95. 4% of 0-day risks and 97% of known threats. These aren’t terrible scores but they’re not near the top security suites.

Adaware users seeking better performance should look into alternatives. We recommend Kaspersky, Bitdefender and others due to their reliability and effectiveness in real-world testing. Also, only Pro and Total plan users get access to online technical and customer support. This can be a bit disappointing to some users. The company does provide various information and Frequently Asked Questions on its website.