It is normal to see ads on your web pages every time you browse the Internet. Indeed, this is how these sites make money. However, many Windows users have received a lot of unwarranted advertisements every time they browse the Internet. Numerous ads appear as popups and even in new tabs.
Some sites, such as movie download and streaming sites, may have numerous ads embedded in their links, but it’s odd that sites like Amazon and Wikipedia throw different ads to the user.
What is adware?
Marketing sites and developers have found a new way to force ads on Internet browsers via adware. An adware is software that takes control of what your browser and Internet settings are in such a way that it is able to display advertisements at will. The adware delivers advertisements using a virtual layer, which displays third-party content on any website you visit as a pop-up.
An example of some notorious adware includes “PC Speed up”, CleverSearch, Wordinator, Flashbeat, OpenCandy, and DNS Unlocker. These applications disguise themselves as very useful utilities (for example to increase the speed of the PC or to unblock blocked sites). One example is the brilliant thing that DNS Unlocker does by changing your computer’s DNS settings. So you browse the internet via their servers. This gives them control over what your PC displays on browsers, allowing them to send hundreds of ads on the web pages you open.
All of these ads could be potentially harmful and you shouldn’t click on them. A greater risk is the fact that DNS Unlocker may collect information including your Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, geographic location, browsing information (sites visited, pages viewed, search queries, browsing history, cache, web beacons, passwords saved, etc.), mouse / keyboard input (to record credit card details, for example), and so on. This collected information is sent to the developers’ servers and then shared with third parties. There is a high likelihood that this collected data will be shared with cybercriminals, thus causing serious privacy issues or even identity theft. It is for this reason that you should uninstall adware immediately and have anti-spyware to detect it.
How does adware enter your PC?
Adware developers use a deceptive marketing method called “bundling” to distribute their application. This type of app is often bundled with free software downloadable on free download websites. The shareware and freeware you download may be able to complete your task, but what it doesn’t tell you during installation is that it will download and install other third-party applications on your computer. You may notice changes in your browser settings and new toolbars and add-ons after installing the freeware and shareware.
What is AdwCleaner?
Adwarecleaner is a free Windows-based PC application made by a team of French developers known as Xplode. AdwCleaner searches for and removes adware, browser hijackers and other potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that may have installed on your computer. The application itself is just over 500KB and is probably easier to use than any alternative you’ve ever tried. It works on 32 and 64 bit versions of XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
How to install AdwCleaner to scan and remove adware
The software, which is compatible with all desktop versions of Windows, also includes a search function and a mode suppression function. Here’s how to install and use AdwCleaner.
- Download AdwCleaner from here
- Close all your browsers (as AdwCleaner will reset some of its settings and delete some toolbars)
- Double-click the downloaded file for run adwcleaner.exe . If Windows asks if you want to install the program, click yes / ok. Let AdwCleaner finish the installation
- Right-click on the installed program e “Open as administrator”
- Click the scan button
- When the scan is ready, click the button Clean up
Your desktop icons will disappear, this is normal so don’t worry. This is because adware usually embeds itself into desktop shortcuts in such a way that it also launches alongside browsers.
- Awards OK when asked to close all programs and follow the onscreen instructions.
- Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart your computer and complete the removal process.
- Read the report of register which starts when the computer is restarted.
- Start AdwCleaner again. The application installer, which loads the application, may still be in the Quarantine folder.
- Click on Tools tab then on Quarantine manager in the drop-down menu that appears.
- Review the list of suspicious items that have been moved by AdwCleaner to There may be some harmless items marked as false positives by AdwCleaner and should be removed from quarantine.
- Select the items you want to move out of quarantine, then click Reset .
- For permanently delete quarantined files go to the Quarantine folder in the AdwCleaner folder on your system: which is usually located in the “c: / programs” or “c: / programs (x86)” folder or wherever you have chosen to install it.
- Empty the trash can .
- Right-click the Quarantine folder, then select Delete.
- For uninstall AdwCleaner, double-click AdwCleaner.exe to run the tool. Click the button Uninstall then confirm with yes to remove AdwCleaner from your computer.