If you suffer from adverts popping up on you screen as you browse
the internet, or if you find that your browser defaults to a page
you have never been to before, or if you are continually being
spammed by specific advertising campaigns, then it is more than
likely that something has installed Adware programs on your hard
drive and in your registry, which is either creating the advertisements
or monitoring your internet activity and reporting back to a third
party who is sending you unsolicited adverts. Whichever, we expect
that you want to stop it and prevent any further incursions onto
Dealing with Adware
There are three aspects to dealing with any form of internet abuse.
Adware Detection – Scanning your computer for Adware programs
and related files
Adware Removal - Delete the Adware program, and the associated files
which may re-install.
Adware Prevention - Block new attempts to introduce adware onto your
Free Adware Scanner
If you search the internet you will find that there are lots of free
adware and spyware scanning applications about, and even some free
adware removal programs. The problem is that some of them are bogus
and others are not particularly effective, and some are just a means
of introducing yet more spyware onto your computer. We have personally
found that one of the best Adware removal softwares at the present
time is Spyware Nuker. We have run it on our own computer network
for some time now, and we have run comparison tests with other spyware
removal programs. As a result we can recommend it with confidence. Scan your computer for FREE
Spyware Nuker - Features
Free initial scan to show what’s present on your computer.
Excellent Adware and Spyware removal program, with deep searches
Good support page and FAQs
Very Clear Instructions
Allows you to scan and remove spyware and adware from drives individually
Provides explanations about the classes of Adware and Spyware found
on your computer.
Provides regular updates
Provides a continuous monitoring system to prevent new forms of Adware
from entering your computer system.
An alternative Adware Removal program which we have also found to
be effective is NoAdware.
They also offer a free adware and spyware scan. Click HERE for
their free scan.
There are also various forms of Adware which may need to be dealt
with in different ways.
- BLOCK POPUPS
If you are troubled with popups, you are likely to need a separate
software to remove and Block Popups - Click HERE.
- STOP SPAM
If you are receiving an excessive amount of unsolicited emails advertising
all sorts of unwholesome or doubtful products and services, you
will need an effective Spam filter.
To read more about the various options to enable you to stop spam
The most important aspects of Adware removal, are that it is removed
safely and permanently, and that you do not import new problems to
remove the old.
There are several other methods of controlling the effects of Adware,
or opting out from the consequences of having Adware Cookies installed
on your computer.
Firstly there is the option to increase your internet security in
IE. Click on Tools and then Internet Options. Click on the Security Tab and you can select the default security levels or set your own
Advertising Initiative (NAI) is a useful place to start.
This site provides explanations and reasons for setting Adware Cookies,
and links to opt-outs. An example of this is the information below,
which relates to DoubleClick.
AD-SERVING COOKIE OPT-OUT**
There are many programs that allow you to manually delete your cookies.
In addition, DoubleClick offers consumers the opportunity to select
a persistent "blank" or "opt-out cookie" to
prevent information from being uniquely associated with your browser.
This way, you can opt-out of DoubleClick's ad-serving cookies,
without erasing or altering other cookies associated with your
browser. If you do not want a unique cookie from DoubleClick, there
is a simple procedure to follow. Please also note that most major
third-party online advertising companies have agreed to provide
an opt-out mechanism. For more information, please visit the NAI.
By selecting an opt-out cookie, ads delivered to your browser by
DoubleClick are targeted only based on the non-personally-identifiable
information that is available from the Internet environment, including
information about your browser type and Internet service provider,
and the general content of the site or page your browser is viewing.
Also, please note that if you choose an opt-out cookie, DoubleClick
is unable to recognize your browser from one visit to the next, and
you may therefore notice that you receive the same ad multiple times.
What happens if I choose to opt-out?
The system will assign you the following cookie:
instead of a cookie that contains a unique string of numbers
By receiving this cookie, DoubleClick's systems will know that you
have opted out and will not to attempt to assign other cookies in
the future. Since the DoubleClick opt-out cookie does not contain
a unique user number, it does not allow us to identify your browser
PLEASE NOTE that if you erase or otherwise alter your browser's cookie
file (including upgrading certain browsers) you may need to perform
this process again
**PLEASE NOTE that opting out of the ad-serving cookie and opting
out of Pop Up ads are not the same thing! You can control many Pop
Ups by using free software available on the Internet or by disabling
This software produced by Spydex,Inc. claims to be a powerful, easy
to use anti-spy program that prohibits operation of any keylogger,
either currently in use or in development. Once installed, our anti-spy
software will protect your privacy immediately and constantly.
The most scary and dangerous feature of all spy software is the
ability to record a computer user's keystrokes. While you are typing
out your password and credit card details online, a hacker could
be recording your every keystroke on his computer with the right
According to Spydex, the unique protection algorithm of their anti-hacker
program will block operation of any such keystroke monitoring for
all spy software, both known and unknown. Unlike other anti-spy software,
there is no spyware database to update and no scanning time necessary.
To date, we have not had the opportunity of verifying their claims,
but if you are seriously troubled by key-loggers, we suggest you
give their site a visit.