AdAware Free is a antivirus/antimalware application that uses tracking of user interactions.
This immunizer requires Spybot Anti-Beacon 3.5.
Is it spyware?
We use the ASCs definition of Tracking Software and Spyware:
- Tracking software
- Software that monitors user behavior, or gathers information about the user, sometimes including personally identifiable or other sensitive information, through an executable program.”
- In its narrow sense, Spyware is a term for Tracking Software deployed without adequate notice, consent, or control for the user.”
Since the term adequate is not well defined in the ASCs context, we use both the European GDPR and compare Information, Consent and Control to what is standard for Windows itself.
- Bad: without information, user consent cannot be expected.
- Bad: except for blocking the telemetry host, there is no way to control.