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Danger level 7
Type: Adware is an adware server that displays different advertisements while the user is browsing the Internet or a website associated with the server. That means that can flood users with advertisements when the browser in use contains an adware program, or when a certain websites communicates with the server in order to provide the visitor with advertisements. The URL address is likely to flash for a moment before the intended advertisement is loaded. To remove an unwanted advertisement from the screen, it may be enough to close it and leave the website, especially if it is some unkown and dubious page.

Undesirable ads pop up when using different browsers, including the most popular ones such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. If you suspect that your web browsers contain some a problematic program displaying pop-ups, you might need to remove some browser extension.

Bear in mind that malicious websites may use various tracking tools. Moreover, adware programs are usually capable of collecting non-personally identifiable information. Non-personally identifiable information usually means search terms, websites accesses, and advertisements viewed, and such data can perfectly serve advertisers to create new advertising strategies.

It is impossible to list all the websites that communicate with the server, because this service can be used by everyone who needs to promote a business or service and generate more traffic. Reputable websites contains paid links only to specific and usually trusted pages, and they do not risk losing their potential clients just because of annoying pop-ups. You are most likely to encounter ads on websites offering free services. For instance, you may be chased by ads on dating websites, online gaming websites, freeware sharing websites, and the like. Such websites offers visitors their content free of charge, so enabling third parties to deliver their advertising content to you is a way of collecting revenues. Such questionable websites should be avoided to minimize the risk of getting the PC infected, because pop-up ads are one of the means to spread malware, which causes more damage than just a simple user browsing behavior-interested adware program.

If ads are provided to you by an adware program, that unsolicited application has probably been downloaded alongside some other free program. Free programs, such as video players, system optimizers, and data cleaners, are very often bundled to reach more users, and, hence, it is worth spending some time to at least skim through the text displayed, because information about additional programs is not necessarily displayed in a user-friendly way. Software distributors sometimes purposely avoid presenting additional programs separately. Instead of doing so, they add statements about the installation of the program somewhere deep in the text, which is normally skipped by the vast majority of PC users.

However, only paying attention to the details displayed by software installers is not sufficient to avoid PC performance- and online security-issues. Computer security software should not be put aside if you want to keep your valuable data intact. The Internet is full of different online threats, each of which attempts to either obtain or destroy something. For example, internet browsers can be hijacked to make you use a particular search engine, or some Trojan horse may wait until you log in to your bank account to record your passwords. The risk of becoming compromised can be avoided by running a professional malware and spyware prevention program, so you should act right now.

If you are determined to root out the unwanted program yourself, use the following removal guide, but bear in mind that your PC remains unprotected. Hence, consider installing a scanner to find out whether any other measures have to be taken.

How to remove ads

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Click the three-line button in the top-right corner of the browser.
  2. Select Add-ons.
  3. Delete unwanted browser extensions.

Google Chrome

  1. Click the button with three vertically placed dots.
  2. Hover the corsor to More tools and click Extensions.
  3. Remove questionable browser extensions.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click the menu button (gear icon) in the top-right corner of the browser.
  2. Select Manage Add-ons.
  3. In the Toolbars and Extensions section, find undesirable browser extensions and remove them.
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