Monday, December 20, 2010

Adware Removal: How can it be done?

Adware Removal

Adware Removal: How can it be done?

Is the term adware new to you? For the technically proficient people, such term may not be entirely new to them. But for those who are intrigued by the term, it is now high time that you brace yourself with the truth behind its name.  Adware stands for advertising-supported software. What is this all about then? Adware is in truth any kind of software package that displays, play, or downloads automatically all sorts of advertising materials into the computer either after the installation of such software or during such time when the application is currently being run or used.

How can this be? You might be wondering. Basing on its application procedures, the adware is some kind of software that is either bundled together with another program or is integrated into a particular software. Adware is often used by a programmer because it is a means of recovering the overall programming development costs. Most of the times too, adware permits the use of the program with either no charge at all or at a relatively low price. Thus, the use of the adware continuously motivates the programmer to maintain, write, and upgrade such kind of software product. Some of the existing adwares are likewise sharewares. How does each of them differ in characteristics and use? Adware is primarily oriented to be advertising supported. The users of the software are also offered choices of whether or not to pay for the licensed or registered copies so as to do away with all those popping up advertisements. 

Apart from all these, the existence of the adware is held up in controversy. Why so? It is because the adware is a software which is a disguised as a type of spyware. The adware vehemently tracks, reports, and usually resells the particular information about a user and his activities without his slightest knowing. Oftentimes, adware is also a malware. Meaning, it is able to interrupt with the rest of the computer software applications in use so as to force the computer users to visit the advertised website. Adware, spyware, and malware are the terms which may be misconstrued for one another. The shortest explanation to this confusion is when the user gets to install adware on one particular computer and then is geared towards activating it for a tracking tool; then, the adware now becomes a spyware. Meaning, when another user comes to use that certain computer, his activities get tracked by the adware without him knowing it.

Adware removal is done by employing certain programs that will detect, then quarantine, and totally remove the adware as well as its being a spyware. Some of the best adware removal applications include Lavasoft's Adware, BulletProofSoft's BPS Spyware Adware, Sunbelt Software's CounterSpy, Patrick Kolla's Spybot Search and Destroy, Intermute's SpySubtract, Webroot's SpySweeper, and PCTool's Spyware Doctor. These adware removal applications are devised to detect the spyware present in the system and also to stop them from producing viruses that will harm the computer system. Aside from using these adware removal software, there are likewise several modes to prevent its attack on your system. For one, activate the general security especially when you are browsing the Internet. Also, keep an updated Windows Update, make use of an alternative browser, and install the ad-blocking software. You can always protect yourself if only you know how.


Jeyasithar R


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