Adware is a form of malware. It’s not as harmful as viruses that damage systems or spyware that gathers data but it is just as disruptive and annoying. It’s also used additional resources to perform unwanted tasks on your device, such as recording your visits to certain locations and then displaying ads that are specific to those locations. Adware authors can earn money through the display of targeted advertisements without the need to sell their product directly.
In contrast to many other competing products, Adaware review provides only Windows protection. The free version isn’t compatible with Mac or iOS devices. It also provides 24/7 technical support to paid users of its Total and Pro packages. The basic-only version of the package offers live-time monitoring of your behavior and antivirus and automatic scanning of downloads and a robust firewall. It doesn’t include email and web protection, or any other extras such as a file shredder.
In AV-test’s lab tests the software performed very well. It was able to eliminate all known threats and block 97% 0-day attacks. These scores are impressive, however they’re not as impressive as the scores of the most popular security suites.
Adaware Total is currently 30% more expensive than the competitors. It’s because the company decided to move away from providing multiple levels of protection and instead bundle their tools into one package. This means that you only have one license, but you are able to avail a wide array of PC maintenance and privacy options, including the removal of tracking cookies optimization tools that speed up Windows boot time and the ability to prevent applications from accessing the camera or microphone.