Adware is a category of Malwarebytes’ detections that applies to advertising-supported software. To learn more about adware, read our related blog content.
Users will typically see advertisements that are not coming from the website they are visiting.
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
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.
Malwarebytes protects users from adware infections by using real-time protection and by blocking the related IPs and domains.
Malwarebytes can detect and remove adware without further user interaction.