Adstart – Don’t Let It Get Started!
Adstart is an adware application, also known as Adstartup. This one infects your computer, and brings along annoying popup ads for your perusal while you are browsing the Web. These popups are based on information about your web surfing preferences that Adstart has already collected from your computer.
Adstart installs a Browser Helper Object, which helps it catalog all the activity that that takes place on your computer while it is connected to the Web, whether that is shopping, banking or anything else. It then sends that information to third-party servers who send back targeted advertising. Even though it may appear that Adstart is actually more annoying than it is harmful, it is a breach of your PC’s security and an invasion of privacy. But the real harm lies in what it can usher onto your computer. By allowing access to other third party software, Adstart can allow in other, more malicious software like keyloggers and more, that can not only seriously damage your personal privacy, but can infect you computer to the point where it becomes too sluggish and unresponsive to effectively use. This is the point most people find it necessary to do something about Adstart.
Doing something about it all by yourself, while a noble idea, is a particularly dumb one as well. These types of adware applications march their way into the dark recesses of your computers guts, and like a cancer are not only hard to detect but also hard to rid your computer of. The best way to deal with a pest like this is to employ good antispyware software to help you get rid of all the traces of Adstart and all its friends. The best one I know of for this is ZookaWare PC Cleaner, which comes with a 100% spyware removal guarantee, so you don’t have to worry whether or not you got it all!