Adware is unwanted software that uses sneaky and dishonest methods to get installed on your computer, and then changes the behavior of your web browser. Once installed, it does things like injecting advertisements into web pages, causing pop-up windows or tabs to open to advertising sites, and changing your home page and/or search engine.
Although adware sounds like malware, there is a crucial difference: adware on the Mac has never been documented to involve keylogging, back doors or any other such malicious activities… just unwanted advertising. As such, most anti-virus software doesn’t bother to detect most adware, and if it does, it doesn’t do a very comprehensive job of detecting it. This is where AdwareMedic comes in – it detects the adware that anti-virus software doesn’t.
Click here to download AdwareMedic. (Note: this is “donation ware”)
- Aggressive Android-adware on Google Play discovered (myce.com)
- Oracle Uses Java To Install Adware On Macs, PCs (techweekeurope.co.uk)
- Nerd Chick Adventures: Lenovo Pre-Installed Adware Breaks Secure Internet Connections (callnerds.com)
- Security Slice: Gone SuperFishing (tripwire.com)
- Lenovo Laptops Shipped With Secret Adware (techweekeurope.co.uk)