The term ”Adware” is short for “advertising-supported software” and is a form of spyware which collects information about your behaviour online in order to show commercial ads based on your search pattern. Most adware is more annoying then actually harmful, but certain types of adware contains malicious spyware as well, making the personal information on your computer fair game to internet criminals.
BullGuard protects you from adware
BullGuard Internet Security is a package – or as it is called, a suite - of the security tools you need to be malware free. Adware removal is an important part of this suite, as an adware blocker is vital to protecting your computer from adware displaying annoying pop-up ads and installing unwanted programs.
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How to protect your computer in the first place
Spyware such as adware, is often downloaded onto your computer when you download free software. When you see a licence agreement for any software you download from the internet read it carefully.What you should look for AND FIND in the licence agreement, is a paragraph saying that your PII (Personally Identifiable Information) WILL NOT be shared with third parties.
Anti-spyware software keeps you free from adware
Spyware removal is a key component in internet security, and the removal software is referred to as ‘antispyware’.
Good antispyware software - which is what you get with BullGuard Internet Security - will:
• Keep your data personal
• Ensure that your online identity is protected
• Be able to locate and remove all known spyware and adware
• Clean files, registry keys and cookies
How spyware infects your computer
Spyware does not directly spread in the manner of a computer virus or worm: generally, an infected system does not attempt to transmit the infection to other computers.
Instead, spyware gets on a system through deception of the user or through exploitation of software vulnerabilities. Most spyware is installed without user’s knowledge. Since users tend not to install software if they know that it will disrupt their working environment and compromise their privacy, spyware deceives you, either by piggybacking on a piece of desirable software such as LimeWire, or by tricking them into installing it as the distributor of spyware usually presents the program as a useful utility. Some rogue antispyware programs masquerade as security software.
Spyware monitors behaviour and collects information
While the term ‘spyware’ suggests software that secretly monitors the user's behaviour, the functions of spyware extend well beyond simple monitoring.
Spyware programs can collect various types of personal information, such as internet surfing habits, sites that have been visited, but can also interfere with user control of the computer in other ways, such as installing additional software, and redirecting web browser activity.
With BullGuard Internet Security you will stay safe from adware