You might have come across a number of advertisements while browsing on web. Have you ever wondered why such advertisements pop up from nowhere and sometimes even crash the programs that might be running on your system.
Adware is nothing but an advertizing based software. The advertisements that are displayed on your screens may seem legit and harmless but can install adware into your computers. When once it is installed, it can track your personal information such as age, location, buying habits etc. Also it can gain access to your browser history which means your personal and confidential information is no more private. The main reason behind the whole mechanism is to fool you and make you install illegitimate programs that display hoax advertisements.
How Do You Know If Adware Is Installed In Your Computer?
You can identify if your computer has an adware in it or not. Here are some signs that you must lookout for –
- You are subjected to a numerous number of pop- ups and advertisements.
- The performance and speed of your computer becomes slow for absolutely no reasons.
- An unfamiliar search bar appears in the web browser.
- There is continuous change in the browser homepage.
- You search for some website but you are redirected to another website.
- Programs start crashing.
How To Defend Yourself –
- Don’t download free programs as they can increase the chances of injecting adware to your system.
- Install pop-up blockers to keep unnecessary advertisements at bay.
- Be wary of files and links from untrusted sources. Make sure that you do not download or click them.
- If you are suspicious of the content of a particular website then it is best to avoid it for security reasons, lest you will lose your important information and credentials.
- Usually permission to install such adware’s is deeply embedded in the licensing agreement. So ensure that you read it thoroughly before granting any permission to install or download a particular program or file.
- Do not click on forwarded emails and messages unless you are sure about the source from which it is sent.
- Update your system regularly.
- Install an appropriate anti-virus software.
- Remove the cookies every now and then.
- Install a firewall to stay away from such adware.
- Do not click ‘OK’ or ‘YES’ without reading what a particular pop up says, as this sudden haste can lead to a multitude of problems.
- Adjust your browser settings such that your internet zone setting is on medium security or above.
- Do not install an unwanted program or software even if it is free.
- Run an anti-adware software on regular basis to prevent any major issue.
- If you witness a suspicious activity which can result in installation of adware or some malware onto your system, then it is best to turn off your computer using the power button.
It is extremely important to be aware about adware and the effect it can have. For more information on IT Security, call Centex Technologies at (254) 213-4740.