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What is AdWare?

AdWare ('Advertising Software') is a term generally used to describe an application that provides unwanted advertisements on a computer. There are some overlaps with SpyWare, but generally AdWare is considered to be less harmful. The signs of AdWare, delivery methods and repairs are often the same as SpyWare.

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Is AdWare harmful?

The main concern with AdWare is that it is annoying. Unwanted advertisements, mainly PopUps, can slow down your PC significantly. This can also affect productivity and many other facets.  AdWare can also be spying on your activities to determine your habits.

What can I do?

free adware scan with ParetoLogic - Anti-Spyware (which scans for spyware, adware and other problems) is a good addition to your main security software.  Another is LavaSoft - Ad-Aware Pro which provides a free trial.

Security software can allow for a free adware scan to detect adware, malware and more, A free adware scan can be done today.  If you think you may have adware, or would like to avoid it  and other malware, then security software is a good option.

PC Tools Internet Security 2009 can be downloaded and used for a free scan. We think this is one of the better system security products available. It's features are comprehensive including AdWare, SpyWare, Viruses, MalWare, SPAM, Firewall and more.


What are some signs of AdWare?

Any of these may be a sign of AdWare lurking in a PC:

  • Too many pop up ads?
  • PC Slow or Slowing.
  • Home Page changing.
  • Unexpected Search bar.
  • Unknown item in Favorites or Bookmarks.
  • Unknown Toolbar in browser. 
  • Unexpected Internet Access.
  • Sudden pauses on your PC.
  • and many other signs.
How does AdWare Happen?

AdWare can infect a PC in many ways including:

  • Installing unknown software.
  • Installing Toolbars on your browser.
  • Music/Movies downloads.
  • Allowing access to your PC.
  • and many other methods.
How to avoid AdWare?

Be careful when using your personal computer and especially cautious when on the internet.  Limit others who are accessing your computer to those you trust. Avoid AdWare from infecting your computer as mentioned elsewhere on this site.

A good way to avoid problems like AdWare is using up to date security software on your personal computer. This software can be used to detect AdWare that might already be on your PC, and to prevent certain AdWare from infecting your PC later.  Security software can also be used to detect and remove spyware, viruses and other problems.

You can do a  free adware scan with ParetoLogic - Anti-Spyware as a compliment to your main security software.  This is a great adware, spyware scanner.

For broad protection, including AdWare, SpyWare, Viruses, MalWare, SPAM, Firewall and more, try PC Tools Internet Security 2009.  We think this is one of the best system security products available.

Download PC Tools Internet Security 2009 now and install for free scanning.

Last checked: June 22, 2010
This Free AdWare Scan Summary information may be updated over time so please visit again.
This Information is provided for your consideration and we accept no responsibility for it's accuracy and timeliness nor appropriateness for your circumstances.

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