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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

10 Tips to Avoid Getting Adware !

 

Adware, malware, spyware and viruses can bring your system to its knees. They are detrimental, lowering the performance of your computer. You might need to replace data. You might lose unique files. Keep the nasties away from your computer using these ten simple tips.            



1. Use Firefox : Internet Explorer is the most popular browser on the market, controlling over 50% of the market share. The virus and adware creators specifically look for exploitable vulnerabilities within IE because they know that they will receive the best return on investment. Your switch to Firefox prevents some adware from infecting your machine.

2. Scan your PC once a week : Sometimes adware programmers take a sneaky approach. They will set up their programs to run quietly in the background to spy upon your activities. This once a week scan is necessary to remove any of those sneaky bugs.

3. Download from known sites : New sites for installing adware are popping up all the time. If you find something that you want to download, make sure that it is from a known site. A company like Amazon will not steer you wrong, but Bob’s House of Wares might be a little less trustable. If you are not sure whether you can trust a site, perform a quick search.

4. Install Adaware : Ad-Aware is the most popular free adware removal program on the market. It detects, quarantines and removes adware. It searches for other programs which may have been installed, highlighting them in an easy to use interface. This program does not have an anti-virus attached.

5. Do not click on unsolicited email : You are constantly receiving offers to increase this or improve that through unsolicited email. Your curiosity may be killing you, but don’t click on these emails. They accept your click as permission to install adware, spyware and malware on your PC.

6. Install Antivirus Software : Installing two programs for virus and adware protection is a smart idea. It caters to the strengths of each program, increasing the overall strength of your antiadware and antiviral campaign. Some of the best antivirus software is free, providing real time protection. Programs to look at would be Avast Antivirus and AVG.

7. Don’t install toolbars : Even some reputable sites install custom toolbars. They slow your system down and collect information about your surfing habits. While a toolbar might offer some perks, it may also diminish your experience by dragging your system to a halt. Toolbars from less reputable places install adware and sometimes infect your system outright.

8. Look at your task manager : If anything seems out of place with your computer, take a look at your task manager. This tells you about all of the programs and processes which are running on your computer. Examine the processes tab for anything which you don’t immediately recognize. Perform a web search for unfamiliar processes.

9. Do not click on popups : Clicking on a popup usually spells certain doom for your computer. It opens the door for the viruses and adware that want to infect your machine, telling these malicious applications to make themselves at home. Stay away from those constantly advertised screensavers and icons.

10. Trust your gut : If you don’t feel right about a site, don’t go there. If you are receiving warnings from the antivirus and anti-adware programs which you’ve installed, don’t go there. If you don’t like the layout of a site, don’t go there. Trust your instincts about sites.

With proper vigilance, you can keep aggravating adware, spyware and malware from your machine. Trust your instincts. Install Ad-Aware and an antivirus program. Play it safe. The care you spend in preventing adware from infecting your machine can save money and time.





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40 comments:

  1. great post. I just downloaded firefox. I have heard from a few people it is great. Thanks for the tips.

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  2. Spyware is so so annoying. I love firefox and also do a scan weekly to keep it clean and running well. Some great tips. thanks.

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  3. Great information . thanks for sharing.

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  4. Really good guidelines to go by. I've had a lot of issues with spyware and malware on my pc in the past. The worst is when you get those really tricky infections that normal software can't get rid of. I eventually switched over to Mac because for some reason they tend to not have so many problems with this kinda thing, does anyone know why this is?

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  5. In my opinion Malwarebytes is now the best free spyware removal program available. It's detected a lot of things that snuck past other programs such as Ad-Aware that you mentioned.

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  6. The post is pretty interesting. I really never thought I could have a good read by this time until I found out this site. I am grateful for the information given.your writing is also very excellent. Thanks for nice post.From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work.

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  7. Keep Windows up-to-date. As you probably know, Windows produces updates on a regular basis and most of these are to update the security of the operating system. Make sure your Windows updates are automatically updated.

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  8. Avira is a also a great antivirus and is free.

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  9. Install Kaspersky and forget about virus and spywares. Best anti-virus in the market.

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  10. Adware might be what's slowing my computer down lately. I'll give Adaware a shot.

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  11. Adware keeps my computer very slow. Thank you for sharing these tips. It really helped a lot.

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  12. You certainly have some agreeable opinions and views. Your blog provides a fresh look at the subject. Your blog is very unique, thanks for taking the time to share your view with us.

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  13. Thank you for sharing this, I would like to know if you have any open-source/free Adware removal?

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  14. I'm using Chrome and absolutely satisfied by its security. Also use Kaspersky and you will never be attacked by viruses.

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  15. Excellent post!!! Your post have the information that is helpful and informative.great tips. I would like you to keep up the good work.You know how to make your post understandable for most of the people.Thanks and keep up the good work.

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  16. If you only remember one thing from this article, make sure it's the first point about using Firefox instead of IE. Many of my friends have become victims to viruses through using IE.

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  17. Oh gosh, I hate adwares! And I thank you for these great tips which can really help me keep away from them. :D

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  18. Great ideas, I already use Firefox (best browser out there) and AdAware, in fact I am running a scan as I read this.

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  19. Scan your PC once a week: Sometimes adware programmers take a sneaky approach. They will set up their programs to run quietly in the background to spy upon your activities. This once a week scan is necessary to remove any of those sneaky bugs

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  20. Download from known sites: New sites for installing adware are popping up all the time. If you find something that you want to download, make sure that it is from a known site. A company like Amazon will not steer you wrong, but Bob’s House of Wares might be a little less trustable. If you are not sure whether you can trust a site, perform a quick search.

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  21. You are constantly receiving offers to increase this or improve that through unsolicited email. Your curiosity may be killing you, but don’t click on these emails. They accept your click as permission to install adware, spyware and malware on your PC.

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  22. I agree with everything you've enumerated here however I also believe that user awareness and knowledge is very important.

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  23. These days mostly people download torrents and get caught by these malicious softwares

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  24. great advices, i will forward this to my mom so she can stop getting all kind of adware from the web on my pc :(

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  25. Thanks for the Ad-Aware link that was found within this post. I was looking for a free download the other day, but couldn't think of where I got it in the past. The free version of Ad-Aware will give you the basic protection against Adware, so that's all I would really need since I already have anti-virus protection; no need to upgrade! Cheers!

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  26. Well, thanks be to god I have something to share with him now, and I know, this one would be a big help. Thank You for sharing this ad.

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  27. These are really great tips. It pays to be knowledgeable and aware of the current dangers on the internet, because it only takes one mistake to get infected with these harmful software.

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  28. Nice post.I really like your post and the way you describe this post.Its so much informative for the users and followers of this site.You gave us such a nice information about this.I am also searching these type of topics and sites now a days.Your post really contain great stuff and contains all my specifications.Thanks for sharing this informative blog.Keep it up.I am waiting for your more post like this or related to any informative topic.Best of luck.

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  29. Absolutely, no clicking of pop-ups!

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  30. The first popup i got was 'System Integrity Check' that says i have errors in registry and file system. After this popup i started to get lots of popups to do with adware/spyware/malware especially the one telling me to download winantivirus 2006. Also sometimes when i want to go to a web page it takes me to another and i need to press back to get the page i want. Is this a virus? How to i stop it?

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  31. @sample business plan Yes, it is a virus; to be more precise, a fake-antivirus that can lead in tons of malware. If you're using a legit anti-malware software (i.e. Ad-Aware, Norton, AVG) can you still use those anti-malwares? If not, try running safe mode and scanning the computer. If all else fails, you may have to take it to a professional and/or have the disk wiped.

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  32. Hi I am David. I read the all information.I appreciate your work.Nice article.Thanks for Sharing your Knowledge

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  33. hmmm...very nice tips, thanku for share with us..

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  34. It is really good to visit to your post guys as we can get new information from here, Thanks for this post.

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  35. Thanks for sharing nice info
    it is really helpful for the readers i like your post keep it up

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