First of all, what is Adware?
Adware: Software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material (often unwanted) when a user is online.
Do you have one?
We need to determine whether or not you HAVE an Adware Program on your computer. To determine this, simply look at the few paragraphs below in the beige boxes. The box on the left is how it should look, the box on the right is plain text with NO links. IF you see any links in there (if the two boxes don't look exactly the same) then you certainly have Adware on your computer. Not that this is a fool-proof test, just a way to confirm you DO have one if you see ads or ad links in this text.
|Below is an image (a Screen Shot)
of how the text to the right SHOULD appear:
| Below is the actual text which has NO ads:
This is just a bunch of text typed out to test and determine whether you have any Adware on your computer. I'm going to start repeating myself now so you can stop reading this at any time. Seriously, you really don't need to continue reading this because it's futile. No Ads should appear in this box, no links should be anywhere at all, no text should be clickable or even appear differently in the least bit. This is just a bunch of text typed out to test and determine whether you have any software on your computer. I'm going to start repeating myself now so you can stop reading this at any time. Seriously, you really don't need to continue reading this because it's futile. No Ads should appear in this box, no links should be anywhere at all, no text should be clickable or even appear differently in the least bit.This is just a bunch of text typed out to test and determine whether you have any Adware on your computer. I'm going to start repeating myself now so you can stop reading this at any time.
How do you get Adware on your Computer?
Now, If you have adware on your computer (and yes this can happen on a PC AND a Mac), you're probably asking yourself "HOW did it get there?!" Adware usually gets installed through another program (usually Free software) that has a tiny obscure check box somewhere (even completely hidden in an "Advanced Options" or "Advanced Settings" option that most people never choose). This adware is how the "Free Software" company gets paid for providing it to you for free.
The Solution: MalwareBytes
We recommend MalwareBytes.com
This has helped a number of our clients to remove unwanted Adware and keep their computer clean.
This is a free program and of course they have a paid version if you choose to pay for it, but if you do not want to pay for it, make sure you uncheck the box that says "Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO" during the installation screen.
After you install the program and run it's updates, then scan your computer, you will see a list of programs and registry entries that MalwareBytes recommends you remove. We removed them all and restarted and presto! It was gone for good!
Here's a screen shot of one of the ways you get this adware installed on your computer:
In this example below (from C|net Download.com by the way) you will see it is set to INSTALL a program that will hijack ALL of your browsers (any of them: Firefox, I.E, Safari, Chrome, etc) and make Conduit the default Search engine. No Bueno! Thanks C|net! Can't trust ANYONE anymore!
The way you get around this (IF you choose to proceed, which we do NOT recommend because they've already proven themselves untrustworthy) all you have to do is uncheck any "express" or "quick" installs and make sure you uncheck all the extras that get installed.
We provide this information as an option for you but we do not assume any responsibility for what you do on your computer. We are simply showing you what has worked for us and our clients. Please proceed at your own risk.
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