We’ve recently received member complaints regarding their concerns
about Ad Ware, Spy Ware, and Theif Ware on their computers.
Many complaints included:
- browser hijackings
- random pop up ads
- slow computer speed
- reset home pages and searches
- installed tool bars
Because of the increased number of these complaints, we’ve decided
to provide our subscribers with valuable information to protect themselves
from Ad ware, Spy ware, and Thief ware, as well as the opportunity to
remove these harmful components for their computer systems.
- Adware: Any software application in
which advertising banners are displayed while the program is running
- Spyware: Any software that sends data
back to a third party - WITHOUT ASKING the user
- Theifware: Adware or Spyware being
used in an unethical manner
As mentioned earlier, the results of Adware, Spyware, and Theifware vary
and can just be plain annoying or extremely dangerous to your computer.
Most surfers are un-aware of these components on their computer, but anyone
who has downloaded music files, video files, free software applications,
oraccidentally selected yes to installing random files off the internet
are 99% likely to have spyware and adware on their computers.
To protect yourself, we recommend:
- reading reviews about any free software products you download
- avoiding downloading free music files
- reading carefully the auto-installation windows that pop up
To scan your computer and to remove harmful adware and spyware already
installed on your computer we recommend AdWareRemoverGold
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SPYWARE AND ADWARE
What is adware?
Adware is 'freeware', whereby ads are embedded in the program. These ads will show up when you open the program.
Most adware authors provide the free version with ads and a registered version whereby the ads are disabled.
As such, you the user have the choice, you either use the freeware with ads served or you purchase the registered
Spyware, however, is published as 'freeware' or as 'adware',
but the fact that an analysis and tracking program (which reports your activities to the
advertising providers' web site for storage and analysis, the 'spyware' agent) is also installed
on your system when you install this so-called 'freeware', is usually not mentioned. Even though the name may
indicate so, spyware is not an illegal type of software in any way.
But what the adware and spyware providers do with the collected information and what they're going to 'feed' you with,
is beyond your control. And in some cases it all happens without your consent!