Removing Annoying Adware From Your Computer

Removing Annoying Adware From Your Computer
Adware is​ one of​ those intrusive things that seems to​ have just happened .​
Of course,​ early computers weren't often connected to​ the​ internet so the​ chance for annoying Adware to​ appear was a​ lot less .​
Unless you had the​ misfortune to​ use an​ infected floppy disk,​ you were probably OK.
Then came the​ turn of​ pop-up adverts but with the​ advent of​ pop-up blockers the​ adware companies have had to​ resort to​ other ways to​ get our attention .​
If most people block pop-up adverts most of​ the​ time,​ what's the​ point in​ using them?
Some pop-up adverts are still unblockable - they just appear on​ your screen,​ sometimes below your current browser window,​ sometimes occupying the​ full screen .​
Most times you can just click the​ close button,​ but it's still annoying .​
After all,​ why should anyone have the​ right to​ take you away from the​ current web page you're viewing? It's the​ internet equivalent of​ cold calling on​ the​ telephone and is​ enough to​ make you growl!
Adware gets worse when it​ starts to​ slow down your computer .​
The most intrusive is​ difficult to​ uninstall,​ such as​ programs that display random adverts and crash your browser in​ the​ process.
If you know exactly when the​ Adware installed itself,​ you may be able to​ get away with doing a​ Windows System Restore to​ a​ point in​ time before the​ Adware affected your computer .​
Always assuming that the​ Adware didn't install itself with another program that you actually wanted.
Sometimes you can get remove Adware by paying an​ upgrade fee .​
Browsers like Opera work this way - you can have a​ free copy,​ supported by advertising,​ or​ you can pay a​ small fee and get rid of​ the​ adverts .​
Or you can change to​ an​ alternative program that doesn't inundate you with adverts - this is​ easy with a​ web browser but may be more difficult with a​ more specialist application.
The next step in​ Adware removal is​ to​ do a​ search on​ the​ web for instructions .​
If you've been infected by a​ fairly common piece of​ software,​ this can be a​ viable option .​
But it​ still frequently involves delving around in​ the​ Windows registry,​ which is​ a​ dark and scary place (even to​ some geeks) and if​ you get something wrong you can destabilize your computer further.
Alternatively,​ you can get a​ piece of​ software to​ do the​ hard work for you .​
This has the​ advantage that - providing the​ software has been programmed correctly - it​ should be reliable and a​ simple process .​
Adware removal software is​ available free or​ fairly cheap .​
The free programs like Spybot Search and Destroy work well but you usually have to​ remember to​ run them.
If you've got more than enough things to​ remember already,​ it's worth spending a​ few dollars on​ a​ program that will work away in​ the​ background of​ your computer in​ much the​ same way as​ your anti-virus software does .​
Incidentallt the​ only reason I​ can think of​ as​ to​ why most of​ the​ anti-virus companies don't check for Adware as​ well is​ that they can sell us another program .​
But that's life.

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