Like Starbucks, McDonalds, Subway and Costa, adware is everywhere. Unlike those companies, most adware isn't for products you are willing to part your cash for, but all the same, it's hard to escape the tide of adware. If you want to reduce the amount of adware you receive you can follow these six steps; it's the internet's version of how to cross the street to avoid another pound shop!Learning how to stop adware is important because the dark side is that it will slowly infect your computer, slowing it down until it just can't get started (just like what trans fats in fast food chips do to you).
1. Adverts in emails
Never click on unsolicited emails or emails from someone you don't know or weren't expecting (like the lawyer for that long lost relative you never knew who just happened to be a Nigerian prince offering you a million pounds). They can contain adware, malware, or poisonous links that attempt to steal your identity.
2. Sponsored programs
Once you download a program you need to be aware of the small windows and boxes you need to tick (or untick) to run the installation. Make sure you are aware of what you're agreeing to.
3. Clicking pop-ups and other adverts
When you click these pop-ups that have nothing to do with essential program updates, you are asking for trouble. Always get rid of them, do not click on them, no matter how inducing they might be; clicking them only encourages more adware-containing pop-ups to appear.
4. Downloading too much
Being negligent of the risks of downloading free online programs, games and files makes your computer an easy target. Anything can, and probably will, infect your computer. Only download files and software programs from reputable sources - like manufacturer's sites (eg. HP, Microsoft, Adobe).
5. Installing toolbars
Toolbars are pretty much adware in the guise of, well adware! You probably don't need them anyway, so don't install them.
6. Watch out for programs that change your search page
Sometimes there will be clauses in the licence agreements you didn't read informing you that it will change your search page. A change of search page indicates that it might want to promote their services and provide you with ads or collect your search habits.