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Removing Adware Made Simple: 3 Steps to Rid of Adware without a Trace

May 18, 2008
Adware has become a huge business. Advertisers pay software companies large sums of money to design software that will either create pop-ups on your computer or to find ways to get annoying ads on your computer. In addition, these companies also capture your behaviors while online without your consent. Your feelings are really not a consideration in their process.

One way to avoid some of the problems is to be very careful about what you download and sites you visit online. When you choose to download a program, be sure to read the EULA (End User License Agreement) as you will often give permission to have ads loaded onto your computer.

If you have annoying pop ups and are ready to rid of the issue, the steps to follow will assist you in getting adware and other parasites off of your PC including spyware, malware, browser hijackers, and keyloggers.

Step One: Make a List of Problems on Your PC Currently

It is good to have an understanding of what problems you are already having so that you can ensure that they are repaired once the following steps have been completed.

Take a few minutes to jot down problems that you have noticed recently in your computer. If you are experiencing consistent and annoying pop-ups, put that on your list. If you have slow computer problems because of problems adware is causing, write that down too. If you are directed to websites that you did not request put that on your list.

Some of the problems will be related to other threats and not adware, but the steps to follow will address more than just removing adware.

Step Two: Use a Free Scan to Determine if Problems Exist

The top products for removing adware provide a free scan prior to paying for repair features in the same software. Avoid completely free products for scan and repair as you again are subjecting yourself to adware installs on your PC (as discussed about the EULA). In return for using the free software, you will often give them consent to view your online behaviors or to broadcast ads to your computer. Free is not always free.

There are a couple types of software downloads on the market. The first has a real time component and the second can be updated before each use and you scan and repair as needed. The rela time version keeps adware from attaching itself to your computer to begin with. The only challenge with real time is that their definition (solutions) database often is missing a detection or cure at the present time, which just uses your system resources to have the software continually running on your PC.

Some other software programs like Xoftspyse, refuse to offer real time functions for the reasons above. Their software can be used on a scheduler or you can just do a manual scan and repair as needed. More importantly, you must look at the definitions database provided so that threats on your computer can be matched to and removed by the software.

Step Three: If Threats are Detected, Purchase the Full Version

Results should be returned to you according to threat level. It is your decision which you would like to remove. The majority of the problems detected are safe to remove.

If you are a non techie, the software can be trusted to complete the repair with the peace of mind knowing that a backup exists in case you are not happy with the outcome. There is plenty of assistance on the web for techies who would like to complete their own manual removals, but this is for the rest of the people who want simple and quick outcomes.

When choosing a product, get one with at least a one year license instead of a one time use. This will allow you to maintain your computer throughout they year versus just for one use.

Once the repair is complete, it can be a wise decision to restart your computer to allow the changes to take effect. You can then return to your initial list from step one and see which problems have gone away.

It may also be valuable to have an ongoing strategy of keeping adware and spyware off your computer in the first place by limiting sketchy sites visited and by not downloading without reading EULAs.

Removing adware is that simple. Just be sure to do it continually for the best results.
About the Author
Daryl Moore specializes in reviews on anti spyware and adware software and writes straight forward reviews of tops products at www.solutions-to-remove-spyware.com. Complete details on the top pick, Xoftspyse, can be found at www.xoftspyse-facts.com
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