If you are getting a lot of pop up ads on your computer, or your PC is hanging, you probably have been infected with adware. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, you are just going to get it if you spend any time online. I’m not sure how they do it, but they manage to get adware on your computer without you downloading it. Perhaps it is something from a site that you trust, but you may never know. What you do need to know is how to use your adware removal program to get rid of it, and if you don’t have one, you have to go out and get one.
If you use Windows XP the first thing is to try to install Windows Defender, that you can download for free from microsoft.com. Another good tool is AdAware, available at www.lavasoft.com. The latest version is faster, easier to use, and more robust at finding and deleting most spyware than its predecessor.
Adware removal will often find all sorts of things on your computer that might surprise you. Adware is mostly harmless, but it may be transmitting information about where you go online to advertisers. They then use this information to target you and others with ads that they think might be of interest to you. This is how you get a lot of the pop up ads you get. If you accidentally wander onto an adult site you had better get your adware removal tool working as soon as possible. The number of pop ups you can get after going somewhere like that might be enough to crash your computer.
My adware removal program always seems to pick up and remove some of the same stuff each time I run it. I am trying to figure out what site I go to that seems to plant the same stuff each time I go. Though I do understand that adware is useful to advertisers, I do think it is a huge invasion of privacy. This is my computer, and I did not give anyone permission to see where I go online. There is no excuse for putting programs on someone’s computer without their permission. This is why I use my adware removal software as often as once a day.
If you don’t have adware removal, you might want to go right out and get some. When you first run it on your computer you are probably going to be shocked at what it picks up for removal. Remember that some adware removal programs will also pick up cookies from some sites that use them. If you remove the cookies, this might mean that you just have to sign in again to all of the sites that you may have set to remember you when you return. You can opt out of removing those. That is entirely up to you.