Comments And Reviews On Spyware And Adware Remover... The Two Types Of Adware

In these comments and reviews on spyware and adware remover, you'll see that not all adware is benign. There are types of surreptitious adware designed to breach our protection to guard privacy.

These programs are installed without our permission, either to record information about us, or to make money from us by plaguing our computers with advertisements.

For this reason, adware is one of two broad spyware classifications. The other spyware category is surveillance or monitoring spyware. You can find out more about these malicious types of spyware by clicking on the link.

Besides the surreptitious adware just mentioned, there is also responsible adware... adware that clearly gives you the choice to download it or not.

Let's get a sense of these two adware types...

1. Comments And Reviews On Spyware And Adware Remover... Responsible Adware

Responsible adware is installed with our permission.

It generally comes with a free software application, such as a game, music, screensaver, weather reporter etc, in which advertisements are displayed while the program is running.

Responsible adware is considered an acceptable form of revenue generation for software developers who offer their goods as "sponsored" freeware.

The benefit to the consumer is that the software is free. But there is a price to pay... advertisements -- lots and lots of advertisements -- delivered within a window of the product or by pop-ups or banners.

The quality or type of advert varies considerably with the freeware. For instance, some freeware will deliver ads for adult sites... so take care the children aren't using the freeware.

Comments And Reviews On Spyware And Adware Remover... Recognizing Responsible Adware

Examples of responsible adware within a free program are the e-mail program, Eudora and the browser, Opera. The programs can be purchased advert free or can be run in the free, sponsored mode.

The point is, it is clearly stated that the free version contains ads.

Just as important for those who are determined to guard privacy, this adware is benign... it doesn't track our habits or provide information about us to a third party. When we stop using the program, the ads will stop running on our system.

A number of responsible adware programs will clearly state on the product page that ads will be displayed and that the program will not gather information about you... but not all programs will state their intentions.

If you're not sure, then scan through the privacy clauses of the End User License Agreement (EULA). Although it feels like a time waste, if you don't get the reassurance you're looking for, then don't risk downloading the program.

2. Comments And Reviews On Spyware And Adware Remover... Surreptitious Adware

In these comments and reviews on spyware and adware remover, I'm sorry to say that responsible adware is in the minority. There is plenty of freeware containing adware that can be installed without our knowledge, or without notifying us that it will be used for gathering information about us. It is against this type of adware that we need to guard privacy.

The distributor of this software is able to build a profile of our surfing habits and so download targeted ads that we're more likely to click on... or, sell our information on to spammers.

Comments And Reviews On Spyware And Adware Remover... How Does Adware Record Our Data?

Well, the ads displayed within the application are retrieved from a remote server on the Web. As the application triggers the ads when we are connected, the server can log the following...

  • Our IP (Internet Protocol) address
  • Our system information -- for example, OS (operating system, e.g. Windows XP or Mac OS), processor and memory
  • Our Internet browser, e.g. Internet Explorer
  • The addresses (URL’s) of web pages we like to visit

As we are highly likely to have had to provide our e-mail address to obtain the freeware, then the distributor can now sell on our profile to other marketers or spammers. The result? Uninvited e-mails offering us products, subscriptions, services etc.

Depending on the degree of information collected, it could also form the basis for intended identity theft.

It is also important to remember that some companies who admit to adware in their software may be actually bundling spyware with the product. The information may be hidden deep within the End User License Agreement (EULA) or privacy statement text... or even not included at all!

So, as I mentioned earlier, if you want to avoid this source of spyware, read the EULA in detail... or even steer clear of free software. The decision is yours.

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