What is Adware
Adware is a kind of advertising supported software that is available
for free and in exchange displays advertising banners within the
software interface or through pop-up windows. Instead of you having to
pay for the software, the company creates revenue by selling advertising
space in the software product.
The problem with Adware is the concept of reporting your Internet surfing habits back home for data collection
purposes without the user's authorization or knowledge. This practice
has been dubbed spyware and has prompted an outcry from computer
security and privacy advocates.
In addition to privacy and security concerns, resource-hogging adware
and spyware can cause system and browser instability and slowness. For
users paying for dialup services by time used, ad-loading and hidden
communications with servers can be costly.
How to Avoid adware? There is usually an option to remove
adware by paying the regular licensing fee. If you're broke and can't
buy a clean shareware product, find an ad-free, non-spying equivalent of
the program you need. Read the license agreement for each of the
products and pay attention to the privacy policies of the company.
Install a firewall and pay attention to what is asking for permission to
connect online. Download a free adware removing tool, for example, Ad-aware,
or buy an anti-spy product listed on our
site. You can also click
here to learn how to manually remove Adware or spyware.