Adware.

Short bio

Adware is a category of Malwarebytes’ detections that applies to advertising-supported software. To learn more about adware, read our related blog content.

Symptoms

Users will typically see advertisements that are not coming from the website they are visiting.

Type and source of infection

Adware is typically a standalone program which displays adverts to the end-user in a variety of forms, including:

inside the program itself
via pop-ups and pop-unders, in or outside the browser
slide-in adverts
launching a browser window
inserted adverts, or otherwise altered website content

Adware has traditionally been spread through the affiliate model, where individuals or supposed business entities sign up with the adware vendor then distribute it via websites, bundled products, and other offers.

Protection

Malwarebytes protects users from adware infections by using real-time protection and by blocking the related IPs and domains.

Remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove adware without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click MBSetup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. When your Malwarebytes for Windows installation completes, the program opens to the Welcome to Malwarebytes screen.
  4. Click on the Get started button.
  5. Click Scan to start a Threat Scan.
  6. Click Quarantine to remove the found threats.
  7. Reboot the system if prompted to complete the removal process.

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