Adware Generic

  • Rank this week: Nº 3
  • Websites affected: 183
  • Users affected: 10,000,000 - 50,000,000
  • Affected Operating Systems: All Windows OS
Adware Generic Summary

Adware Generic is a software that installs an additional program to display and/or download to your device unwanted advertisements, toolbars and may be considered privacy-invasive. These kinds of threats, called Adware, track your computer's web usage to feed you undesired ad pop-ups and some might even hijack your browser start or search pages, redirecting you to a different site or search engine than the one you had originally configured.

Adware is probably the one kind of malware that everyone knows when they see it. Hard not to when it’s usually all in your face. Adware stands for advertising malware and it does just that: present unwanted advertisement using intrusive and at times dangerous methods.
Common things that Adware can cause:
- Infinite Pop-ups: this is classic adware. Sometimes an endless stream will pop at once, while other times closing one only opens the next like bad game of whack-a-mole.
- Spying: With one foot in the spyware family, this kind of adware tracks your activities online and off to figure out what kind of advertisement it should show you.
- Slowing down your device: Loading and running advertisements draws processing power away from what you want to do, slowing down your device’s performance.
- Eating up your data: Just like there’s a data cost when you download a picture or video, downloading advertisements also eats at your monthly mobile data allowance.
The only way to really stay protected or remove an infection is by using anti-malware software, more commonly called an antivirus. The best malware removal tools are included in the most advanced antivirus, like AVG Internet Security has all you need to stay safe from the most common threats.
For one-on-one virus removal you can contact our AVG Virus Removal Service experts, available 24/7, to solve your device's virus problems for you. Get help now.
Just like spyware, adware is most often built into into free software, but can also be installed on your browser or operating system through a security hole.
While blocking certain kinds of scripts from running in your browser may help, adware is usually written with the same programming language used by legitimate websites and services. Disabling those scripts also means disabling the web as you know it.


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