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Guarding Your PC Against Malicious Adware

By Sally Cooper

Do you know what adware is? Many people don’t. It can be confusing how adware gets onto your computer system, and affects performance. If you use the Internet, it is nearly certain that your computer has been infected with adware. Also, adware is commonly piggybacked onto downloadable freeware or shareware.

Adware can be harmless. Sometimes it is just a piggyback program that is needed for other programs to run. Sometimes, though, adware is spyware that can track information on your system and allow others to access this. Such software is very dangerous to have on your computer.

You can’t adequately prevent adware from installing on your computer without the help. Your old and trusty antivirus program is likely insufficient. Just because it stops worms and viruses, this does not mean that it will recognize adware as a problem. And if it doesn’t it won’t stop it from installing.

To effectively protect yourself against adware and spyware, download a recent version of an antivirus program. You can also get a specific filter to block adware.

An adware filter is very useful for system security. Basically, this filter will uninstall any programs that have damaging adware in them, and will prevent new programs containing adware from being installed on your machine.

Check with your Internet service provider – you may find that as their customer you receive a built-in adware filter that is activated when you are online. You probably need to upgrade your anti-adware programs and keep your signatures updated to have this protection be worthwhile.

Remember that most often adware installation will require your permission. But that doesn’t mean that you have to realize that you are giving permission. In many cases, software may trick you into clicking a link that represents permission for downloading adware.

Remember, adware and spyware is hidden and sneaky. The links to install these programs are often intentionally misleading. Be extra careful and attentive online, especially when you are downloading a program. To prevent your system from being infected, you will want to download files only from trusted sources, and only install software you know to be adware-free.

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MLA Style Citation:
Cooper, Sally "Guarding Your PC Against Malicious Adware." Guarding Your PC Against Malicious Adware. 3 Jul. 2010. 7 Feb 2016 <>.

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Cooper, S (2010, July 3). Guarding Your PC Against Malicious Adware. Retrieved February 7, 2016, from

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Cooper, Sally "Guarding Your PC Against Malicious Adware"

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