Adware is a form of malware that isn’t quite as sinister as system-destroying viruses or data-harvesting spyware. However, it’s just as perplexing and invasive. It’s also often used to perform unwanted tasks on your device, for instance, recording the places you visit and displaying ads specifically tailored to those locations. This is an excellent way for adware creators to earn money without having to sell their product directly.

As opposed to other similar products, Adaware Review offers only Windows protection – the free version isn’t compatible with Mac or iOS devices. It also offers 24/7 technical support for users of its Pro and Total packages. The basic package provides real-time security and behavior monitoring, along with automatic downloading and a strong fire wall. However, it does not include email and web protection as well as any additional features, such as a file shredder.

In the tests of AV-test’s labs the software performed very well. It was able to eliminate all known threats it tested against and block 97% of zero-day attacks. These numbers are impressive, however they’re not as high as those of the top security suites.

Adaware Total is currently 30 percent more expensive than competitors. This is due to the fact that the firm decided to stop offering multiple levels of protection, and instead, bundle all their tools into one bundle. This means you only get one license, but you are able to access a large collection of PC protection and privacy options, including the removal of tracking cookies optimization tools that speed up Windows boot time, and the ability to block applications from accessing the microphone or camera.