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Information on Adware

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What is Adware.

Adware is the common name used to describe software that is given to the user with advertisements embedded in the application and those used as viruses to penetrate the computer and run unnoticed. Adware is considered a legitimate alternative offered to consumers who do not wish to pay for software. There are many ad-supported programs, games or utilities that are distributed as adware (or freeware).  Today we have a growing number of software developers who offer their goods as "sponsored" freeware (adware) until you pay to register. If you're using legitimate adware, when you stop running the software, the ads should disappear, and you always have the option of disabling the ads by purchasing a registration key.

How Adware can impact you

Other than displaying advertisements and collecting data, Adware doesn’t generally make its presence known. Usually, there will be no signs of the program in your computer’s system tray – and no indication in your program menu that files have been installed on your machine.

There are two main ways in which Adware can get onto your computer:

  • Via freeware or shareware Adware can be included within some freeware or shareware programs – as a legitimate way of generating advertising revenues that help to fund the development and distribution of the freeware or shareware program.
  • Infected websites A visit to an infected website can result in unauthorized installation of Adware on your machine.  Hacker technologies are often used.  For instance, your computer can be penetrated via a browser vulnerability, and Trojans that are designed for stealthy installation can be used.  Adware programs that work in this way are often called Browser Hijackers.

Protection from Adware. 

Often, Adware programs do not have any uninstall procedures and they can use technologies that are similar to those used by viruses to penetrate your computer and run unnoticed. However, because there may be legitimate reasons why Adware is present on your computer, antivirus solutions may not be able to determine whether a specific Adware program poses a threat to you. Kaspersky Lab’s products give you the option on whether to detect Adware – and how to react to it:

  • Adware removal There can be many reasons why you suspect that an Adware program – that has been detected by Kaspersky’s antivirus engine – may be a threat.  For example, if you didn’t consent to the installation of the program and you don’t know where the program came from, or if you’ve read a description of the program on Kaspersky’s website and you now have concerns over its safety.  In such cases, Kaspersky’s antivirus software will help you to get rid of the Adware.
  • Choosing not to detect Adware For cases where Adware programs are detected, but you’re confident that these are programs that you have consented to, you may decide that the programs are not harming your devices or data.  Kaspersky products let you disable the option to detect these programs – or let you add specific programs to a list of exceptions – so that the antivirus engine will not flag this Adware as malicious.

"Information from https://usa.kaspersky.com/internet-security-center/threats/adware#.VYPKXzvbLcs"

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