What is adware

Adware is a software that shows you unwanted ads. It could be also a type of free software supported by advertisements that show up in pop-up windows or on a toolbar on your computer or browser. Most adware is annoying, but safe. But some is used to gather your personal information, track the websites you visit or even record your keystrokes.

Adware
Where adware comes from

Just like spyware, adware is most often built into into free software, but can also be installed on your browser or operating system through a security hole.

How to recognize adware

Your device is probably infected with adware if you start seeing ads popping up in applications where you hadn't seen them before. Pop-ups can also show up on your computer's desktop even when you're not browsing the Internet. Also, your browser's homepage may have been changed. You can use an adware scanner (which is included in all adware removal tools) to check if your device is infected.

How to remove adware

Before removing adware from your device, be sure to back up any important files that you want to keep safe. Then use an antivirus with adware removal software to scan for and remove any adware that might be hiding on your device. Avast Free Antivirus and anti-malware includes an adware removal tool.

How to prevent adware
  • Use an antivirus with an adware removal tool.
  • Ensure that your browser, operating system, and software have the latest updates and security patches.
  • Turn on a firewall when using the Internet.
Use an adware removal tool to protect yourself

There is no better way to recognize and remove adware than to use an antivirus with adware removal software, and the best antivirus & anti-adware is Avast’s.

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