Owning a personal computer is a great event that most young people or even adults look forward to. A new computer normally keeps the owner locked to the screen displaying its amazing features and superb performance. However, a time comes when even simple computer processes like booting seem to be taking a whole lifetime and your superb machine starts to “hang” every now and then. The general computer performance slows down and your machine begins to crash often. The main cause of such slow downs is a type of malware known as adware that consists of Trojans, worms and spyware. It poses quite a big threat as it is able to keep a track of your online activities.
Adware can be classified as functional software and it mostly comes concealed in online advertisements and free internet games. It exploits the web browser or the operating system and installs itself without the user’s knowledge or permission. The adware then monitors your online activities and intercepts data and gives your information to the interested party.
How to Get Rid of Adware
In order to successfully discard adware from your computer, you need to uninstall any adware program that you may have such as free games and peer-to-peer software like BearsShare, iMesh, LimeWire, KaZaa among others. You can easily identify adware by checking any “free” software that you may have that displays advertisement banners. Discard all such programmes and search for genuine replacements to the programs that you use a lot. For instance, a P2P program known as Ares Galaxy is a genuine open source alternative to LimeWire and KaZaa.
Dangerous as it is, adware is able to hide deeply in your hard drive just like it installs itself without your knowledge. Deleting all possible adware programs in your computer is not an enough guarantee of successfully getting rid of adware since some may be left behind. It is therefore of uttermost importance to have anti –adware software installed in your computer to clean your hard drive of all malware.
You can buy anti-adware software although it’s not important as there exists a lot of free genuine programs such as Ad-Aware, Hijackthis, and Spybot Search and Destroy. You just need to download them, scan for adware and delete all the identified threats.
Making your computer Adware-proof
Installing anti-adware software is not the end of it all as it does not guarantee total immunity from adware recurrence. The “unexpected thief” may come back any time and so proper defences must be set up to counter them.
A trio defence of Anti-adware, Antivirus, and a firewall must therefore be set up to protect your computer from adware, Trojans, viruses, spyware and any other type of malware. It’s also advisable not to open spam mails and any online ads u may encounter as they may contain adware and viruses.
For antivirus you should use effective software such as ClamWin Antivirus, AVG Antivirus or Avast Antivirus. To complete the trio, a firewall should be put in place. It is computer software that protects your machine from external threats such as scammers and hackers. Firewall software includes Ashampoo, Comodo and Zonealarm.
Advent technology has made the world a global village, so easy to connect, so easy to interact, but at the same time, so easy to fraud. Adwares are very dangerous and can expose unsuspecting individuals to internet criminals. A person should therefore be careful and always stay protected to prevent from such occurrence.