Adware Removal Guide
Problems: Adware is a type of malicious software that monitors your internet habits in order to present pesky advertisements.
Symptoms: The symptoms of Adware includes various pop-ups that try to get you to buy a certain type of product associated with your internet surfing behavior.
Recommendation: To find and remove Adware, follow the tips below. To scan for active malware and PC errors, click below to get the download. It will detect and remove malware running in Active Processes, ensuring a stable and responsive PC.Download Now: Malware Removal Tool
Diagnose and Remove Malware
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Follow the steps below to find and remove malware running in Active Processes.
- Step 1:
- Start the Download for the SparkTrust PC Cleaner Plus Malware Removal Tool.
- Step 2:
- Click Run or Open and install as directed.
- Step 3:
- After scanning, simply click Fix All to remove active malware.
What is Adware
Adware is an annoying infection that makes unsolicited advertisements appear on your computer screen incessantly.
These ads are in the form of pop-up windows, and they may or may not be relevant to you. While adware doesn’t usually
try to attack your computer or steal information, it can be very annoying to have to constantly close the ad windows,
and in some cases it may also be spyware that attacks your machine. You can pick up adware by downloading a toolbar onto
your Web browser, through computer games and peer-to-peer sharing sites, or other applications.
Programs known as freeware (that provide a service at no cost) often have adware embedded in them. You can avoid adware in large part by reading the fine print on any program that you download and choosing one that does not include adware. It’s also important to limit the number of optional add-ons that you approve when downloading a program; often the optional downloads are associated with adware or other spyware. You can usually tell which program is responsible for the adware, because the ads will start soon after you add it to your computer.
How do I Adware? Follow the free tips below?
Option 1: Manually Remove the Adware
If you know which program introduced the adware onto your computer, you may be able to rid your machine of the problem by manually removing that program. Start with recently added freeware, such as a music sharing software or a free toolbar that sits on top of your web browser. Even though these programs are legitimate, they might also be introducing the adware to your computer.
- Shut down your web browser and disconnect from the Internet. This will stop the adware pop-ups while you are manually removing the adware. Open the Windows start menu and choose “Control Panel” from the menu. Click on the “Uninstall a program” link; if you have an older version of Windows, you may see an “Add/Remove” link instead.
- Sort the programs the date of installation by clicking on the date header at the top of the program list. You want to view the most recently added programs first, as one of the new programs is likely the adware offender.
- Click once on the program that you believe contains the adware and then click on the “Uninstall” button
that appears in the toolbar just above the program list. Follow the on screen prompts to uninstall the program
from your computer – this will remove the entire program or toolbar, not just the adware.
If you want to keep some aspects of the program, re-download it, only approving the addition of essential program elements – without any toolbars or optional software elements. In some cases, however, the adware is a part of the program that cannot be removed.
- Restart your computer and connect to the Internet again.
Option 2: Run Windows Defender
Windows Defender is designed specifically to look for spyware and adware that may be missed by regular anti-virus software. This program comes standard on the Windows operating system.
- Click on the Windows start button and go to the Control Panel. Type “Windows Defender” (no quotations necessary) in the search field and hit the “Enter” key. Click on the Windows Defender search result that appears to open up the program.
- If you have never used Windows Defender before, it may be disabled. You will see a pop-up window alerting you the fact that the program is turned off. Click the link that says “Click here to turn it on” to enable Windows Defender.
- Click on the small white arrow next to the Scan button in the Windows Defender toolbar. Choose “Full scan” from the drop-down list. This allows the program to look over your entire computer. While this option will take longer, it also increases the chances that Windows Defender will locate adware. You can also choose “Quick scan,” which will search only those locations on your hard drive where adware is most likely to be located. This option is good if you can narrow down the adware location to a handful of programs on a particular drive.
- Windows Defender will begin the scan. Let the program run; you may minimize it and conduct other tasks on your computer during the scan. Since a full scan can take several hours to complete, you should make sure that your computer is plugged into an outlet or has ample battery power. If your computer dies part way through the scan, you’ll have to start over once power is restored.
- If prompted, approve the removal of any located adware programs on your computer. As with the manual removal, this means you will have to download the programs again, this time not approving any toolbars or other freeware add-ons that include adware when possible.
- Restart your computer.
- Minimum System Requirements
- 20 MB free hard disk space for initial installation
- Microsoft IE 6.0 and above
- Logged on as administrator
Operating System RequirementsWindows 7 (32 & 64-bit), Vista (32-bit), XP (32-bit)
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