What is it?

Adware is an abbreviation of advertising supported software and refers to anything that displays advertisements when using a computer, such as when browsing on the internet, or using a CD or DVD that contains adware.

How does it work?

Adware programs open automatically, generally when visiting a website, or a new page in a website. Like any advertisement, they are designed to sell a product or service, ask for donations or invite you to visit another website. Adware can also be automatically delivered when you install another program and do not uncheck the appropriate box, for instance, pesky toolbars that appear in your browser and hijack some operations.

What do you need to keep in mind about your child and adware?

Unfortunately, some adware disguises malware that can infect your computer. Some hide keylogging programs that can capture your keystrokes on the computer, including passwords and user information when logging into secure sites, such as when banking online.

Because adware is common on websites that children visit, such as gaming and social networking sites, it is a good idea to discuss with your child that some adware can contain viruses and it is best not to click on them.

You can also purchase programs that block adware from launching on your computer to help increase your security and limit spam.

Want to know more?

  • You can also search the term on the internet to find adware blocking programs to purchase.

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