Have you ever occurred to see ads pop up on your PC desktop? Or even on your phone screen, at the most inopportune moments? Maybe you have. You might not realize it but this is actually adware. One might think, “Ads are annoying so this can’t be good!” But before your head spins with all of the worst case scenarios, read on…
What is adware virus?
Adware has been around forever. It’s a viral infection that is a type of malware.
Adware is a type of software that annoys you with pop-up windows and unwanted ads through your browser. It does this by installing the additional toolbar, extensions, or plugins without asking your permission first.
In the worst case scenario, the adware may also infect other kinds of software such as programs, games, and add-ons to monitor user activity.
Adware has no malicious intent. Although adware is often criticized for the way it affects users’ systems, this type of software does not have identifiable harmful intent.
It displays ads in order to generate revenue. If you uninstall it (or simply ignore ads), you may still find that your system is already affected without you ever knowing that it was the adware that was responsible.
How do you treat adware? How do you stop adware?
The best way to destroy adware is to simply uninstall it.
Any software that has been installed carelessly, such as unwanted addons and add-ons, can also be considered adware. It also does not matter whether or not you gave permission for installing the software in the first place.
So if you find your PC is cluttered with unwanted junk and refuse to give your permission, then chances are that this was a malicious installation and you should consider the possibility that it may have been intended for something malicious too.
Is Adware legal?
Adware is considered a form of spyware. Now the question is, is adware itself illegal? The answer to that depends on who you ask. To a certain extent, it does not matter if it’s legal or not because the adware has been installed on your computer without your consent.
In some countries, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, and Sweden have laws which make some software forms of spyware illegal or at least subject to tighter scrutiny as opposed to other countries where only malware is considered illegal.
But on some free software, developers do ask for permission to display ads on your devices as a way to support the cost of maintaining the service.
How to block ads on browser?
On some of the popular Internet web browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera, you have options to install their supported add-ons, extensions to block ads displayed. These extensions are capable of blocking adware on your PC, too.
What is the difference between adware and malware?
Malware is a type of malicious software, which includes adware. Although adware has no malicious intent and can be useful, it is something that was installed without your consent and isn’t necessary for the proper functioning of your device. This fact alone makes it a form of spyware and you should think twice before allowing it to stay.