Adware is present on many of the websites visited by internet users every day. Adware is ad supported computer software that permits the website owner or web host to display advertisements to visitors as they land on the website. Some types of adware software is capable of installing itself on your computer while you are visiting a site if you don’t have some sort of blocking feature in use to protect your computer from such no-permission installation. This ad supported software is often used to offset the costs of hosting a website or to offset the costs of the web designer or programmer that developed the website. Many webmasters can even use certain ad supported software to generate separate streams of income.
Not all adware software is the same. Malicious adware is software that gathers personal and identifiable information about visitors and their computers as they visit a website. These types of software are more commonly known as spyware. The information collected is often used to build marketing lists with, and this can result in your inbox being flooded with unsolicited advertisements. Malicious “spyware” is not only an invasion of your privacy because it collects information without your permission; this information can be sold or otherwise fall into the hands of identity thieves and other unscrupulous persons. You need to protect your computer and your personal information from this malicious adware so that you can safely surf the internet.
Luckily, there are many software programs that have been developed to combat malicious adware or spyware. Much of anti-virus software that is available today features some adware detecting, containing, and cleansing capabilities. But the primary purpose for anti-virus software is to protect your computer from virus threats. Therefore most of the technology in them is focused towards thwarting viruses and not detecting the presence of adware. Firewalls, and pop-up blocker software offers added security and are also useful in combating malicious adware.
But today, anti-virus, firewalls, and pop-up blockers are not enough for detecting and combating against the intrusive and security risk presented by malicious software applications, and to prevent them from being installed on your computer while you are innocently surfing the internet. Without additional software, your computer and your personal information are at greater risk. But what can you do when adware does find its way onto your computer? To eliminate their risks, you need to cleanse them completely from your computer. Cleaning your cache and closing your web browser after you use the internet is always recommended, but this will not completely remove malicious spyware from your computer.
Cleaning Adware from your Computer
Sometimes even the best anti-virus software combined with the other software applications that are meant to alert you to the presence of adware and to offer you solutions, fail to detect the adware and it downloads and installs on your computer. Simply deleting temporary internet files will not completely remove any malicious adware that has installed itself on your computer, and it can continue to display unwanted ads to you when you open your browser, collect personal information and information about your computer, and can even track your surfing habits
Protect your computer and all of your information with software that has been specifically designed to catch, contain, and completely cleanse malicious adware from your computer. Ad Aware and Spybot are two such software applications that can be used to find and remove malicious adware from your computer. There are many other software choices designed to seek and eliminate malicious adware from your computer.
Protecting your identity online, reducing spam email, as well as preventing malicious adware from causing your computer to not function properly, makes getting software designed to combat malicious adware a smart choice.