Adware Removal

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Even if you keep your antivirus software up to date and use a firewall, you may still need an adware removal program to finish cleaning out your computer. The reason for this is that not all pests are, strictly speaking, "viruses." That is, they don't spread and wreak havoc through the traditional means used by email and web-based viruses.

Adware is just another name for spyware and performs more or less the same function--namely, spying on users and relaying information about their browsing and shopping preferences. Advertisers then use this information to direct more targeted campaigns at these "qualified" leads. If you've purchased an autographed baseball or bat online in the past (and you have adware files on your machine), don't be surprised if solicitations for fantasy sports leagues and "dream" camps start coming your way.

What Adware Removal Does

When you run your adware removal software, you clean out your registries and logs and purge those files that are outdated and irrelevant. Often, cleaning out your browser's cache or deleting your temporary internet files can achieve the same effect, but adware removal programs are frequently more thorough. What's more, you can configure your adware program to periodically scan your drives for invaders and get rid of lurking pests.

Adware removal software also gives you plenty of choice in how you perform your scans. If you know a particular drive or application is a haven for malicious code, you can direct your search accordingly, thereby saving yourself a lot of time (full-computer scans can take an hour or more). On the other hand, if you know your bugs tend to attach themselves to a particular file type, you can choose to filter only those files with the corresponding extensions.

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