what-are-the-signs-of-adware-and-how-to-prevent-them-with-webroot

Adware typically is software that displays intrusive pop-up ads on a user's computer whenever they browse the web. They are not always malicious as some popups could be from legitimate sources. Often, adware finds their way to your computer as freeware, or as a plugin in your browser. Depending upon the source of adware it can be potentially harmful to your computer as the adware can cause changes to your system or your browser, monitor your browsing activity, or even divert search results to malicious websites.

With adware, the main problem is not the numerous extremely annoying pop-up windows adversely affecting your internet browsing but their potential to act as a gateway for other attacks on your system.

To add more to that, the latest adware targeting the mobile devices and computers do not have uninstallation procedures and are developed in such a way that they can penetrate the device stealthily and without being detected, making them extremely difficult to get rid of.

Signs of adware infection that you must not overlook

  • The appearance of numerous windows and pop-up ads that have not been requested by the user or pop-ups and windows that appear out of control is a signature sign of an adware infection.
  • Another common way of knowing that a computer is infected with adware is the appearance of unknown navigation bars that weren't there before.
  • Low performance in processing tasks on the computer as the adware software drains a lot of system resources, making them slow.
  • You may see programs installed on the computer without your knowledge or consent.
  • Abnormal behavior of the operating system, such as a sudden restart or shutdown.
  • Sluggish browser when surfing the Internet or while downloading files.
  • You may notice unexpected messages or some programs may start automatically.
  • An unexpected change in the web browser or Internet home page, also you see a redirection to unknown websites could be the doing of adware
  • Unintended change in the desktop background or other aspects of the system could be a sign of an infection that has found its way to your computer through adware.
  • The router or hard drive appears to be working longer than necessary. This simply means that a program is causing it to work harder, it could be an adware.

How to prevent adware infection with

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Webroot antivirus is designed to prevent and block malicious programs and adware from infecting your computers and mobiles. With its advanced features and cloud based database, webroot is more than capable of eliminating such programs.

  • Webroot performs a deep scan of your system and is capable of finding adware and other infections hiding deep in the file system.
  • Webroot internet security keeps a constant tab on the incoming and outgoing network, blocking suspicious programs and websites, that may be hiding adware within them.
  • The adware usually comes latched with freeware and applications that you download from the net. Webroot antivirus security checks every download and block anything that it finds suspicious or behaving out of the way.

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Additional steps to protect your computers

Many a times adware infections go unnoticed as they maintain a low profile and tends to sneak through loopholes created by small browsing mistakes, and although, with webroot, you can eliminate most of the adware infections, a little vigilance from your part can prevent you from getting the adware in the first place.

  • Always download the applications and software from the official website of the developers, and not from other sources on the internet.
  • During the install process, pay attention to each window of the installation wizard, and if you find any suggestions for additional programs uncheck them.
  • Always check the Advanced Installation Options button, which usually contains useful options such as disabling the add-on installation, while they may be useful in some cases but could also be a means of installing adware.

Additional steps to protect yourself against mobile adware

  • Same as above only download applications from the official mobile app store, Google Play for Android, and app store for iOS. Go through other information too such as the number of downloads and the rating it has by users.
  • Pay attention to the permissions requested by the application. Are they really necessary? Some permissions are a red flag that opens doorways for adware and other infections.
  • Unless strictly necessary prevent applications from running in the background. This not only uses mobile resources but can also be adware running quietly.
  • Always keep both your mobiles and the applications installed updated with the latest available security patches. Security loopholes are what hackers exploit to gain access to your mobile.
  • Implement security tools such as the webroot Mobile Security to protect the device, since a good security application will not only prevent adware but also malware, Viruses, and other security threats.
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