Adware belongs in the same sort of group as other horrible things such as viruses, trojans, malware etc. etc. which do nothing but cause your PC problems, be it from slowing it down to a crawl to not even starting up. Here, we will show you some places to get hold of free adware remove software.
What exactly is adware?
Adware through history
When adware first made an appearance, it was more or less harmless. To put it simple, it was just software which was created by an author who, along with its functionality, also displayed advertisements by way of earning money for the author and even sometimes supporting the costs of developing the software. On the whole, these advertisements appeared usually in the form of a pop up within the software and caused little (if any) harm.
The criminal element
Sadly, the criminal fraternity soon saw illegal money making scams in adware and they started using it as such. This took adware from being just a general annoyance into something which was far more malicious than showing just advertisements. These could range from many things to spyware which tries to steal your personal information to keyloggers which record your every keystroke and sending it back to the criminals - this allows them to know your passwords to things such as your online banking account or email address for example. Many anti virus software packages now come with the ability to perform an adware scan as an additional feature and remove the said adware. Whilst not all antivirus software will guarantee 100% safety (a certain amount of common sense needs to be employed by the user also), many will also remove malware and spyware which may have also been installed as a result of malicious adware.
Free software to help remove problems There are quite a few free applications available these days which will remove adware. Many of these will help to prevent it from happening again in the future too. No adware removal software can be classed as 'the best', but we have outlined some of the most popular and most used adware and associated nasty software removal from your system below.
Free adware removal software
These can all be downloaded from their developers' websites: Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware: by Malwarebytes Corporation - Removes malware which may have resulted from an adware attack. Ad-Aware: by Lavasoft AB - Has an adware removal tool and can also remove other troublesoft software which is causing system problems. Spybot - Search & Destroy: by Safer Networking Limited - Contains not only adware protection but also spyware detection and removal, amongst other features which will help protect your system.