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Get Rid Of Adware

 

Although adware is legitimate (not to be mistaken with spyware, which is not!), some people still want to get rid of adware. In case of a very bad infection, things tend to get very complicated and could slow your computer down quite severely. Every adware program works in a different way, is more or less secure, and is located at a different path. Some might have registry entries, while others might have copies of themselves in different location on the hard disk drive. First try to get rid of adware via the first method.

The Add or Remove Programs method

Many adware applications are not designed to be stubborn and annoying. Instead, they act as any other program installed, and have fully functioning uninstallers. The first thing you should try is Add or Remove Programs. Reboot your computer in safe mode (press F8 after reboot) and disconnect the Internet cable. Go to Start and click on Control Panel. Now go to Add or Remove Programs and you should see a list of all the programs installed on your system.

Search for programs that really do not ring a bell, usually by their names. Adware software usually bears the name of the company. You can search for information on Google to know for sure which entries are clearly adware and which are not. Once you find one, remove it by clicking Change or Remove. This step is the easy way to get rid of adware… well all the “nice” ones anyway.

The full computer scan

Once you get rid of adware with the Add or Remove Programs, it is time to get to this next step. Reboot your computer in normal mode while keeping the Internet cable unplugged. Get the best anti-adware tool on a CD/DVD and install it on your computer. Now, run a full system scan and let the tool delete everything it finds! If it is unable to delete some entries, once it finishes, reboot and delete the files manually. Reboot again. Run another scan to see if there is no more adware.

The final steps before reconnecting the Internet cable

To make sure the adware remains deleted, you need to reset all your start pages and home pages in your browser(s). Also, make sure your HOSTS file is unchanged! The last step is to verify that no new websites are added in the Trusted Sites Zone. You can do this by right clicking on the Internet Explorer link (without opening the browser), choosing Properties, clicking the Security tab, clicking the Trusted Sites icon, clicking the Sites button, and deleting any unwanted website from there by clicking Remove. You can now safely connect the Internet cable and continue with your usual tasks.

What to do to remain protected

NEVER let the infection get out of control! Always get rid of adware before it takes over. Always maintain a good anti-adware tool installed and updated. Perform frequent scans and let the software delete any malicious entry it finds. Avoid potentially harmful websites and avoid downloading anything you find on them. Always go to the official website for a clean download! Avoid file sharing networks and always remember that free software has a dark side!

Before removing all the adware you find, remember that this form of advertising is what helps good companies produce free software that you use and that this practice is considered legitimate. Adware shows random paid ads that drive some money into the companies’ budgets, allowing them to create utilities that are more interesting, as well as games, antispyware tools, and many more!