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It is manufactured by cybersecurity provider Lavasoft (formerly also known as Ad-Aware) Adaware’s goal is to combat the kinds of rogue apps and privacy infringements that a lot of users aren’t even aware of. Adaware is a collection of programs that track your browsing habits, courses that hijack the browser start page and applications that show annoying advertisements at the most inconvenient times. This free program offers various features that can increase your device’s security, and ensure it runs smoothly.

In our tests, adaware was able to detect the majority of malware we threw at it. However, it had a difficult time removing certain malware. The program does have a number of helpful extras such as a privacy monitor a registry scanner, a file shredder, and advanced monitoring of networks. It’s worth noting however, that adaware does not provide quite as much protection as some of top antivirus tools in the industry.

Adaware’s most recent participation in AV Test tests in the lab resulted in a blockage of only 95. The 4% of risks that are 0-day and 97% known risks. These aren’t bad scores but they aren’t as good as the top security suites accomplish.

Adware users who want to work better, should consider alternatives. We suggest Kaspersky, Bitdefender and others due to their reliability and effectiveness in real-world testing. Some users may be disappointed to learn that only customers of the Pro and Total plans have access to technical and customer support via the internet. On its website, the company provides numerous information and frequently asked questions.