Adware is a sort of malicious program which shows you distracting advertisements when you are not ready to see them. What is the difference from dubious websites, which are full of popping ads? Adware makes every site look dubious – leaving you no choice if you want to see the ad or not.
How can I understand that I have adware on my PC?
Adware may display itself on your PC as a regular program, running in the background. It can be harmless or it can be very harmful, but it looks like it can be found anywhere on your system. It will show you regular ads and won’t do much but leave you with a very bad taste in your mouth. To understand, if the banners you see really related to adware activity, or it was just a bad occasion, perform the following steps:
- Check if your software is free and not a subscription version.
- Check your browser’s history to see if you’ve been visiting suspect websites.
- Look at the list of errors your software has been showing you. Most adware programs will display popup ads with silly gibberish written on them, some will try to initiate a ‘feature’ that doesn’t really work and on rare occasions, you may find a ‘block ad’ button that will stop some ads from appearing on your computer. Check if this option is enabled.
How did I get this virus on my PC?
Do you like free apps? You may be wondering whether they have adware in them and you’ll probably be right. Most of them do! That’s just their way to earn a coin for the dinner – they want to be paid, too. That’s nothing bad in ads in free apps, but when it is not just ads, but full-size malware, things turn worse.
Adware tends to hide on your PC but you can usually find it in untrustworthy programs. Such a program may be disguised as an app for driver updating, or a system optimization tool. Its functionality is already questionable, but in addition, it carries a real virus to your system.
Adware can also be embedded into legitimate programs, or distributed through well-known app stores. A security app such as Avast Free Antivirus has adware, as do many parental control apps. Many legitimate programs include adware and here’s how to know if you have it.
What is the danger of adware?
You see that banner? Do you really need it? What does it benefit you? It is easy to click on the banner, even if it’s designed to annoy you, because it makes you feel annoyed with what you are seeing. It’s this annoying feeling that will drive you to the next window. The more you’ll read the banner, the more it will make you angry. You’ll get into the habit of looking at adverts, especially pop-ups. You’ll feel like you have to look at pop-ups, to make sure the pop-up isn’t an ad, because the first thing you think in your mind is: “Is this another pop-up to trick me?”, “Is this the same evil pop-up that is trying to stop me from reading this article?”. It will be a constant nagging in your head and you’ll feel like it’s the end of the world!
Besides the disruption of your daily working or web browsing process, adware can also carry another, more sensible harm. Same as you got the adware – possibly, through the banner ads – you may have got any other virus. And when you see tons of ads on each site, it turns even easier to get something more serious. Coin miners, spyware, rogue, unwanted programs – all these things love adware-related banners. Even some of the ransomware variants are spread through the malicious banners. It is extremely easy to trick the user to install more viruses, and it is very hard to remove them.
How to remove adware from your PC?
Adware is not a complex virus. Nonetheless, to increase its survivability its developers usually do different tricks that can make the removal process harder. If you removed it manually but left one piece untouched – be ready that it will be reborn, just like a phoenix. To prevent turning blind and neurotic while chasing the adware on your disk, it is better to use antivirus software.
GridinSoft Anti-Malware will be the best at this point. It will surely delete even the latest adware variants. Adware is very modifiable, so it is pretty easy to get a virus that is not currently detected by antivirus engines. GridinSoft Anti-Malware receives the updates for detection databases each hour, so even the freshest things will not hide.
Download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware. After the installation, you can activate a free 6-day trial period, in which all functions of a licensed program will be available for you. Specify your email and check it for the activation key.
When you activated the free trial, launch the Full scan. It will check each corner of your system, including registry and system configuration files. This scan takes 6-10 minutes, depending on your PC power and amount of files on your disks.
When the scan is finished, click the Clean Up button to remove the virus from your PC. It will take less than 10 seconds.