Adware is a collective term for programs that purposely display annoying advertisements or pop-ups on the system user interface.
Adware can purposely disrupt the user’s browsing habits. Some Adware is designed to persuade the user into paying for unnecessary software that might be malicious.
Adware can come in the form of malicious or disruptive software, toolbars, free instant messaging smiley’s and more! Adware is commonly associated with Spyware and Trojans, which can cause a user’s computer great harm, whilst secretly obtaining personal information from the user.
Adware is often linked to poor computer speed and usability. However, the symptoms may be more severe when the adware is mixed in the system with other malicious programs.
When dealing with adware, it’s always best to identify it quickly and remove it as soon as possible!