Adware is advertiser supported software that displays, plays or downloads advertisements either onto the computer desktop or into the computers web browser as a condition of the software installation.
Most Adware is free to use as long as you don’t mind annoying pop-up windows appearing at random intervals advertising some product or another. Some Adware opens a new window about every 1 to 2 minutes, making it nearly impossible to use the system at all until the software has been removed.
Additionally, Adware will almost always be collecting data about your Internet habits and browsing behaviour, to tailor ads specifically to best match the data recovered. In that respect it is actually very similar to many types of Spyware. In most cases Adware is simply a way to place advertisements in the face of the user.
With Adware however, in some cases you may actually be given a chance to review and choose whether or not to accept the terms and conditions associated with the software before installing it.
IT WOULD BE ADVISABLE TO READ THESE TERMS VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE CHOOSING TO ACCEPT.
Remember the basics:
- Do not install software you have downloaded from the Internet unless it has come from a known and reputable source.
- Be vary careful if you use any file sharing applications as these networks are known breeding grounds for infectious software.
- When downloading software, choose the ‘expert’ or ‘configure’ option and de-select any programs that you do not want.
- Do not open any email attachments from unknown sources, especially those allegedly from courier companies.
- Use a good anti-virus/anti-spyware application and scan your system at least weekly.
For Windows users:
Be sure to visit the Microsoft update site and download all the latest Microsoft security patches. https://www.update.microsoft.com