What is Adware
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Adware is software with advertising functions built into the program usually
used by the programmer as a way of recovering program development costs. In some
cases this software may be provided free or at a reduced price. This income is
often used by the programmer to further develop the software. Adware can do many
things to your computer. It can monitor and track your web usage, direct pop up
ads based on your surfing habits, and can be terribly annoying.
Some adware is also shareware. The difference between the two is that adware
is primarily advertising supported while shareware offers users the option of
buying a "registered" or "licensed" copy in order to remove the adware.
The problem with adware is that it often is spyware. Spyware gathers
information about where you, the user, have your information tracked, reported
and often sold without your knowledge or consent. These programs also take the
form of Malware, which may interfere with the function of other software in
order to force you to visit a particular web site.
It is hard to tell the difference between Adware, Shareware and Malware
because the three overlap. When you install adware on your computer and consent
to its use, the adware becomes spyware when another user visits that computer.
So when you are contacting a friend, the friend's computer usage is being
tracked, as well as your own, and without their consent.
Spyware applications often send the user's browsing habits to an ad company,
which then contacts that user with advertising from sites based on the browsing.
Adware programs other than spyware do not invisibly collect and upload activity
or personal information when the user has not approved of it. Some adware
producers maintain that their application which does this compiling is not
spyware, due to disclosure at the onset. They maintain that somewhere under
this information and report its use.
There are numerous adware programs on the internet today. A number of
software applications are available to help computer users search for,
eliminate, and to block adware programs. To continue to stay free of them, you
need to have a program that detects, quarantines, and removes adware as well as
spyware from your computer. These programs are designed specifically to detect
spyware and do not work on viruses.
The security of your computer should be top priority to protect both you and
those you conduct business with. These contacts could be made through chat
rooms, blogs, games, shopping, emailing, or just browsing and all run the risk
of having programs attached to them. To prevent this you should always check
your computer on at least a daily basis for adware, spyware and malware.
The best tool for eliminating adware, spyware and malware is YOU!. Do not
install adware. Keep up to date security patches and operating system updates
from Windows Update. Install ad blocking software with internet security.
Use your adware security programs and internet anti-virus programs
religiously. New intrusive programs are devised daily, so keep yourself up to
date and have a healthy computer!
About the AuthorBonnie McCormick researches and writes about topics related to computer security, website development and promotion, and internet marketing. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.InternetMarketingPlaza.com
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-02-01 09:27:44 in Computer Articles