Advertising Support Software known as Adware is a software which automatically displays or play advertising materials when connected to the internet. There are sites that prompt to install adware on computers while connected to the net. After installation it downloads advertising material to the computer while it is being used.
Once this adware is installed to the computer, the computer’s security is at risk. Some of the adware often takes on the form of spyware. It tracks the user activity and sometimes re-sold without the consent of the user. Due to its privacy and security concerns, many computer users consider this as a threat.
Today, there are software companies that develop adware removal tools. Some of them are being sold by companies in their sites and some can be downloaded for free. An agency such as United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team or US-CERT suggests installing these adware removal tools.
Now how will you know that you are infected with adware or spyware? First, you will notice that when you’re surfing the net you will experience the endless pop-up windows. Sometimes you are redirected to another site rather than what you typed into the browser.
There are new toolbars appearing in the web browser and new icons that appear in the task bar at the bottom of the screen. There are also sudden changes like browser’s homepage and when you click search, the search engine browser changes. You will also notice that the performance of your computer and the processing suddenly slow down.
The Adware Removal Tools were developed to remove, quarantine, and detect adware and spyware. By using this, your computer will be much safer from infection of adware. Some of the Adware Removal Tools are Ad-Aware by Lavasoft, SpySweeper by Webroot, Spyware Doctor by PC Tools, Spybot Search & Destroy and SpySubtract by Intermute. These software programs are engineered for antispyware detection and this would not work on viruses.
These adware programs can be downloaded in internet sites, but you can purchase it or try the free version or demo version. Then, purchase the best adware removal for you. Be aware also of the free software that you download because some of them might be adware and spyware. And this may add up to your problem.
Now how can you prevent this adware from infecting your computer?
While browsing the internet, do not click pop-up windows that contain advertisements because these pop-up windows sometimes are a product of adware or spyware. If you click this, it may install the adware software on your computer. So, if this happens, just close the pop-up window by clicking the ‘X’ in the title bar instead of close button within the window.
Always choose “no” when you are asked to perform a cleanup of your computer or just click the ‘X’ button to close the dialog box. Unexpected dialog boxes like this will not clean your computer; instead it will install adware applications on your computer.
Beware of the different adwares that install to your computer. Set up your operating system to block pop-up windows where the adware starts from. Install adware removal tools to be more secure and the performance of your computer can run more efficiently. Don’t wait for this adware to infect your computer, once you prompt to install adware close it immediately.