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"Editors Choice" Removes all Viruses, Malware & Adware. AV-Test Top Product Award 2021. Built-in Internet Security
Protects Against All Malware, Viruses & Adware. Includes Free Cleaner & Optimizer.
Fantastic Windows antivirus. Quick setup and simple to use. High protection level.
Good antivirus and security, parental control. AV-Test & AV Comparatives Certification.
Norton are a trusted brand and been in antivirus for many years. Av-test certification.
Well known virus software, AVG are reliable and relatively easy to use. VB100 & av-test certification.
Avast have many addon products built into the one app. VB100 & av-test certification.
Mcafee is good quality Antivirus software, slightly expensive. Av-test certification.
Good AV test lab scores but a little pricey, but good solid antivirus.
Malwarebytes famouse for predominately fighting malware. AV-Test participant.

What to consider when choosing your Antivirus provider

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AdwCleaner used to be the market leader for ant-adware software but more recently companies like Scanguard have taken over thanks to their all round security package. Adwcleaner are solely for adware removal and not a full anti-virus. Software that automatically renders ads on your computer to generate revenue for it's author, known as Adware, is becoming a serious problem, so combatting it has become more paramount than ever before. Note, It's not particularly dangerous software, so don't be too worried, the main problem is that it can be a nuisance and in some cases slow down your system.

Adware does collect data from your PC but not in the way that malware (specifically trojans) does. They aren't collecting personal/confidential information from your files, but instead tend to collect meta data. They will then use the data for marketing, research and could even sell it. In simple terms they will usually collect data from your online activities and re-display ads that are more focused around your search results.

Adware cleaner tools have been around for some time, but are always evolving to keep up with the adware market. Today there are hundreds of solutions out there, so which one should you choose? You could opt for a solution that only focuses on adware, but we'd suggest looking at a package that will help remove, prevent and combat not only adware but spyware, malware, spam etc. in other words an all-in-one solution.

We'd always recommend looking for an antivirus package as these will more-than-likely include all the necessary tools to intercept and remove any kind of virus, from email spam to adware. So what should you look for in an antivirus package? The main and possibly most important feature to look out for is 'real-time protection'. This will allow the software to constantly monitor your PC and detect any nasty changes.  This should keep you completetly protected.

The only problem with adware is that the end-user usually allows the adware on through accepting the installation of it via a 3rd party installation flow, without realising. A lot of antivirus software won't pick these up as suspicious because you've allowed it onto your PC, again don't be too worried as adware is generally harmful, just make sure to choose a package that allows for system scanning!

This is why a good adware removal program is essenial.

What is adware? Adware by definition is software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material such as banners or pop-ups when a user is online.  This is usually in the form of toolbars, search engines, home page take-overs etc. They usually attack your browser by changing preferences in order to market and collect data from you.  By changing your home page or search engine the chances are you'll search via their software and as a result will allow them to be able to collect the data they need.

You might be wondering how adware can simply find its way onto a computer and change these kind of settings without your knowledge or permission.. well they can't, you might not notice but somewhere along the line they will ask you to allow them in by agreeing to their terms and conditions. This gives them your consent to install themselves on your device.

The most common way of unintentially installing adware is through installations of other programs. Freeware is usually the most targeted type of software as it tends to get very high download quantities, often global too, which is very attractive to adware companies. They will approach freeware software developers and offer them money to be included in their installation flow.  They tend to make them quite discreet, however, it's down to the end user who doesn't pay proper attention when installing the software.  Most people will click 'next' and 'I agree' without reading what's on the screen or hidden in the terms. Somewhere in here you'll be agreeing to allow the installation of a certain adware program.

The easiest and most effective way to prevent the installation of adware is to make sure you pay attention to what you're actually installing, when it comes to setting up some new software. You don't need to read all the terms and conditions to know you'll be agreeing to the installation of another program, the first line or two will give it away!

If you have a suspicion that your computer is riddled with adware, feel free to check out our adware cleaner reviews.