Adware is one of the most annoying things that people have to suffer through in the computer age.
It can get onto your computer in any number of ways and then do everything from annoy you to attack you through deep invasions of your privacy. The biggest problem with it is that it’s an incredibly difficult thing to avoid altogether.
Understanding Where It Originates From
Sometimes Adware comes packaged with free software and it isn’t at all malicious. The software user agreement clearly explains that it will be there and at the end of the day things are honest and the Adware isn’t harmful. All it does is show up as a banner when you run the software.
This was always a big practice with PC software but it’s becoming a common practice in smart phone applications as well.
There is still a problem here though, and that is how can you tell when the Adware is going to be trustworthy?
Even A Mild Infection Can Be Bad For Your Computer System
Even the Adware that isn’t overly annoying can be bad for you and your computer in the long run. Sometimes the ads do no more than they say they are going to do. They appear as banners in a free software application and then when the program is closed they go away.
Also, when the software is uninstalled the Adware goes away with it. However, a lot of users aren’t aware that Adware could in fact be tracking their browsing habits, amongst other things.
That invasion of privacy isn’t necessarily severe but many people clearly hate the idea of it and privacy advocacy groups are regularly up in arms over the practice of doing that. As for the harm to your computer though, even the best types of Adware can result in an unwanted slowdown of certain operations.
This is because the spyware aspect to the application has to run in the background, tracking your movements and then sending the data back over the internet.
Understanding How Malicious Adware Works
The worst kinds do all of these things but they do them in stealth. These are the types of programs that make their way to your computer without your knowledge. They show up through viruses or misleading downloads.
In pretty much every case this type of adware will include spyware and will generally be more damaging to your computer in the long run because of the way it has to be implanted deep within the system to avoid detection and deletion.
When it comes to the safer forms of Adware it isn’t always possible or proper to get rid of it. While some techniques exist to get rid of ads that are packaged legitimately with certain software, doing so can actually violate a legal agreement between you and the software provider.
As for the more malicious types of Adware, getting rid of them is possible but still tricky. Antivirus software does its part a lot of the time, alerting you to it before it’s installed or deleting it after the fact.
The best ways to avoid it though is to simply limit your internet browsing to trusted websites and never to download things that you don’t completely trust.