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In addition to the many threats and security risks that your computer faces, there’s also the annoying element of unwanted advertising being thrown at you right on your Desktop.
I’m not talking about the advertising that you see on web sites you visit, even if you find those annoying (and many do), they help to keep the content that you enjoy free and help foster the constant creation of fresh new content for you. Let’s face it, site owners and bloggers who provide high quality content deserve (and often need) some compensation for their time and efforts, so on-site advertising is something we should all be able to deal with in most cases.
No, what I’m talking about here is Adware programs that are placed on your PC, often without you even knowing about it, that throw false error messages, virus detections or just plain blatant advertising pop-ups in your face.
Unlike on-site advertising where you essentially allow and accept the site owners to show you their advertising, Adware software is malicious and not permissions based by any sense.
But there are ways to deal with it, and this article I found today is pretty good for explaining some of your options.
Remove Adware to speed up Computer
Adware is a type of advertising display software. If we describe specifically, it is a type of executable program. The sole intension of these programs is delivering advertising content in such a format that can be redundant as well as unexpected for the computer users.
Adware is a rampant problem and irritating enough in today’s age of computers. Once your PC gets infected with adware you will constantly receive annoying pop ups which also reduce your PC speed. The people who usually design adware want to make money through this malicious business.
It can take a long time to remove adware threat manually from computers but even this is not a guaranteed process. Adware are formatted in such a way so that it can be difficult for the users to remove it. Even if you manage to remove the threat for some time, it not only has the chance of returning, but also you are open to the new threats also.
One of the best ways to protect your computer from adware and other malicious threats is to install anti adware software. In addition to removing present threats, well-designed antivirus or anti spyware software should be installed. It will prevent new infections and automatically scan the system and update files.
While choosing an anti adware program you should check that the software performs a scheduled scan and provides real time protection. It is the main feature of good quality anti adware software. A cheap anti adware software will not provide real time protection. It will only remove infections once they turn up.
There are a number of programs which, in spite of having installed properly, enter into the system carrying loads of annoying ads. As you install those programs they leave certain codes on your PC which starts throwing ads wherever they wish. Routine scans are necessary to avoid such situation. It will help to detect and eliminate these and present you a popup free PC and web browsing experience.
About the Author Sarah N Jones is an expert in freelance technical writing from California. She focuses on remote support of computer systems and provides professional insight into the subject. She has also worked directly with software companies and possesses in-depth knowledge of the subject matter.
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We’ve all heard the horror stories of identity theft, compromised PC’s that become slower or unstable, lost or stolen data. Every home computer and office workstation connected to the Internet is at risk of being infected by a spybot, spyware, adware, torjan viruses and worms.
That may seem overwhelming to some, but the good news is that 2 steps is all it takes to protect your PC and personal information, how much easier can it be?
1) Install preventative software. There are high quality spyware remover, adware removal, anti-virus and firewall programs out there for just a few dollars. Going online without them is like drunk driving, it will eventually end badly for you.
You risk your PC, personal data and even your identity if you surf the web without spyware, adware and anti-virus software running on your system, and there are people trying to access all of that right now. I can’t make it any more clear.
2) Keep your preventative programs up to date. Almost all of them issue constant updates to stay current with the threats they’re protecting you from, and have some sort of weekly–or even daily–update option available. Use this!
It’ll only take a few moments, and if you don’t keep these programs current then you might as well not even have them. The threats constantly change as those who want your information try new ways to get at it. These programs have to update frequently to keep up with those changes, otherwise it’s like putting up a fence but never closing the gate.
Here are a few simple things to avoid doing as well that will help in preventing malicious spybots, trojans and worms from infecting your system and accessing your information:
A) Never open suspicious emails from unknown senders. Have you heard that before? But did you listen? Most people don’t and just invite hackers into their homes or offices by opening these messages.
If you don’t already, start making a point of checking the sender’s address and subject line of every email you get before opening it. If something seems odd to you, it probably is and you shouldn’t open the message.
B) Never click on links or attachments/downloads in an email message unless you’re 100% sure of who sent it, and why. You may think it’s a harmless link to some online silly joke or video from your co-worker, but it could very well be something sinister that they didn’t actually send you.
C) Never use the login form of any web site page that you arrived at from an email link. This is the most common way identity theft occurs. Someone sends you an email that looks like it came from your bank, credit card company or some other financial institution and asks you to login to your account, with a link to the login page provided in the email. The problem is, it’s all fake.
Even if it looks like you’ve been taken to your bank’s web site, you’re more likely on a special landing page that was made to fool you. Then when you enter your normal login data on the page, they are waiting to capture it and within seconds your real account has been emptied.
If you think an email from your bank or credit card company is real, then visit their site by typing the actual address into your web browser yourself and find out. But do not use the link in that email!
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