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#1 anoj_anjo

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 11:02 PM

Hi All,
 
Is there any good software available to stop adware??
 
 
 
 
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#2 Aura

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 11:16 PM

Hi anoj :)

The best software to stop adwares is you. Adwares are often installed via programs that you install, as they are what we call "bundled" in the installer. In order to avoid installing adwares on your system, you should always install programs from their official source that is trusted. Also, always select a "Custom" installation and opt out offer promotional offers in it. In fact, you should pay close attention when you install a program and read every page to be sure to understand what you're accepting when clicking on the "Next" button. You could use Unchecky as well, which opt-out (unselect) additional program installation when you install a program, however, if the offer isn't visible in the installer, it won't be useful at all. This is the real way to stop adwares. Yes an Antivirus or Antimalware can also help in stopping them, however, you have more chances to detect an adware installation in a program installer than an Antivirus or Antimalware program have.

Here's the link to Unchecky if you wish to install and use it, I recommend it.

http://unchecky.com/

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 12:35 AM

Hello there,

As Aura says, the best way to stop adware is prevention by not installing them in the first place.

Aside from Unchecky, you may want to read Emsisoft's article on PUPs and Malwarebytes' article on PUPs to know what to watch out for.

Also you can install a reliable anti-malware software so they will catch any adware (or just PUPs in general) that you may have missed during installation. Both Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Emsisoft Anti-Malware are both reliable AM solutions that both detect and remove adware (and other kinds of PUP).

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 02:01 AM

Also, the best way to avoid even having those checkboxes or hidden goodies is to only download any application straight from the developers site. Developers are already promoting their own product and rarely bundle junkware with it.



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Posted 07 February 2015 - 03:41 AM

Or you can use AdwCleaner if you want to remove it :)



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Posted 07 February 2015 - 07:35 AM

With most Adware/Junkware/PUPs it is strongly recommended to deal with it like a legitimate program and uninstall from Programs and Features (Add/Remove Programs) in Control Panel or an alternative third party uninstaller like Revo. In many cases, using the uninstaller of the adware not only removes it more effectively, but it also restores many changed configuration settings.

After uninstallation, then you can run specialized tools like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, AdwCleaner and JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) to fix any remaining entries they may find. These tools will search for and remove many potentially unwanted programs (PUPs), adware, toolbars, browser hijackers, extensions, add-ons and other junkware as well as related registry entries (values, keys) and remnants. They also remove related files and folders wherever they hide...to include those within the AppData folder and elsewhere.

Folks need to take some personal responsibility and educate themselves about the practice of bundling software.


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Posted 11 February 2015 - 10:39 AM

Thnk guys for your quick responses @Aura @Alexstrasza @TsVk! @TheDcoder @quietman7

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 10:46 AM

We are always here for help :thumbup2:



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 10:57 AM

No problem anoj, our pleasure :)

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Posted 11 February 2015 - 11:39 AM

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