How To Remove Adware


Many people who want to remove adware programs quickly realize that this task is much more difficult than it seems. Many adware programs reinstall themselves as soon as they are deleted or hide so efficiently that even finding the right files becomes a real challenge. What is worse, because adware infections tend to amass themselves, a single recurring pop-up ad soon becomes three, four or five of them, making surfing the Internet virtually impossible. Even if we manage to remove some the troublesome program, the chances of staying unaffected for long periods is almost zero.

The question is - how can we effectively remove adware and how do we keep it at bay afterwards?

Legal adware (consumerware)

While most people don't know about it, many adware programs are legitimate and they are actually installed only if we agree to it. Most of consumerware (legal adware) installs itself as a part of other programs - usually freeware stuff such as some freeware communicators, useful system tools and peer-2-peer file sharing programs. The installation of some adware is a vital part of their user agreements we are asked to read and agree to (but we only rarely read them before clicking the "I agree" button).

Most of these programs can be easily removed using the Add or Remove Program utility from your computer's Control Panel. The only problem is that then the main program refuses to function until we reinstall the adware it came with.

Legal adware is relatively safe and but still somewhat annoying, although it usually keeps the number of displayed ads low and the ads themselves are often personalized. It's up to you if you decide to keep consumerware on your PC or to remove them along with the program it came with.

Illegitimate adware and spyware

A lot of adware programs, however, are neither safe nor legitimate and you should remove them as soon as they appear on your PC or, even better, you shouldn't allow them to install in the first place. Many illegitimate adware programs have also some spying functions or are simply adware/spyware hybrids. They install stealthily on your machine, and once installed, they become impregnable to standard adware removal attempts such as manual adware removal by deleting.

The best and the only real way to remove adware threats is using specialized program tools such as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) or Enigma's SpyHunter automated spyware removal tools. Most of the time, you will have to purchase their full versions in order to effectively remove adware, but it is definitely worth the price.

After you remove adware:

After the program's scanner successfully removes adware found on your PC, the job may not yet be completed. When the scan is over, reboot your PC and re-scan it to see if all adware threats have been removed completely - oftentimes they are able to respawn themselves during logon. Then, you should consider changing or updating your existing security software, especially if you have fallen victim to multiple infections. A decent firewall combined with a reliable virus protection program and an automated spyware removal tool should be able to prevent 90% of adware/spyware programs from installing on your machine. If you have experienced several problems, it may point to the fact that there is something wrong with your security. Either you don't use the right software or it is outdated.

The bottom line: if you haven't agreed to install a particular adware program, like the kind that came bundled with Kazaa, then you must remove it at once and upgrade you system security to prevent further intrusions. Remember, if you have illegitimate adware on your PC, the chances are that you may have some spyware or malware, too - where adware goes, spyware and malware will soon follow.

It is also good to know that adware may also be permanently removed by editing the system registry, but it is not recommended for inexperienced users (and for most experienced users too for that matter).


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