Dont be a Victim of Adware!

By: Charlie K

You might have heard of an irritating issue affecting computer users. It can be the cause of privacy invasion without you even knowing. Here it is: adware.

Adware is a software program that displays unwanted advertising on your PC and is only one of many types of spyware that can infect your computer. In addition to annoying you with ads it can also monitor your browsing activity and record sensitive personal details like your login details and passwords. This can lead to identity theft and financial hardship.

Spyware can affect everyone, even IT geeks and common users. Because of this it is vital that you learn what the early indicators of adware are, how to detect it before it spreads, and how to completely remove it so that you can enjoy your PC.

Luckily for us there are key factors to beware of that may suggest that you have adware. If you notice any of these things you should conduct a spyware scan immediately:

- lots of popup windows

- toolbars that you didn't install

- your homepage has changed to something else

- strange desktop icons

A good way to protect your computer from spyware is to conduct regular spyware scans. The program compares your files to a database of known spyware. If the files match the program will perform steps to eliminate the adware.

Along with scanning on a regular basis don't forget to use a virus scanner and firewall. This trio of software will work together to reduce the risk of unwanted programs getting onto your machine. By performing these steps your computer will be clean of adware performing great.

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