Adwares – A Dangerous Distraction

Adwares pose A Dangerous Distraction.
What is an Adware? Why should we care? Why are adwares considered Malicious? How do we get rid of them?

In this article we will answer all of the above and discuss Adwares and everything related to it.


What are they?

Adwares, are usually “pop-ups” advertisements and banners displayed to the user while browsing the Web.
Mostly, these ads are “tailored” to the user. Basically, you will be shown advertisements that are especially adjusted to the content you are exposed to and the websites you browse.

Adwares

Why should we care?

Easy, how do you think the content is actually customized for you?

That’s Because Adwares “Collect” information from us!!!

Indeed, my dear friends, a true information theft is taking place here. We talk about a Computer Virus that collects Data from our devices. And that’s without us confirming it at all! And even if it doesn’t bother you that the ads are “adjusted” for you, what if I tell you that’s not all?

There are a lot of consequences directly linked to these types of Malwares.

That’s where we get to –

Why are Adwares considered Malicious?

Here are several implications to be aware of when dealing with Adwares. We believe that because these are just pop ups, they will not really “harm” us, and that it does seem like a slight distraction.

Well, it’s NOT. It’s considered a Malware after all.

How Adwares could harm us :

  • Time Consuming – Harmless. Still, it’s annoying.
  • Resources – Adwares are the result of processes, which basically means that they consume System’s Resources. Affect RAM, CPU, etc.
  • Distracting – Probably the most serious element is the distraction. Often, Attackers use the fact that Users are too “busy” dealing and closing ads to perform actions against them.

Adwares
Example of Adware. Annoying, is it?

How to get rid of Adwares?

Congratulations! Your computer has been infected with Malware that generates pop-ups for you.

What now?

Adwares are often installed against the will and without the knowledge of the user. Which means that you’ll probably won’t even know about it until the ads start popping up. Therefore, the best way to get rid of them is to prevent them in the first place:

  • Don’t Download or Upload to untrusted sites.
  • Check your Task Manager. If there’s an unrecognized activity that requires Processing Power or Network, you’re probably infected.
  • Are you infected? Do not connect to other Devices or Public Network! You may infect others.
  • Use tools that perform scans on your computer files. Such tools can identify such a file and delete it.

The internet is an absolutely scary place. Did you know that Adwares can also be embedded in websites?

That’s where WE come in.

Stay safe, choose Kayran.

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