AdWare.Win32.AdServer.d as Freeware
Getting adware on your computer is something common to everybody, whether you are an expert on the internet or not. Adware is a type of software that is downloaded to your computer to show you advertisements. These advertisements may take many forms, from relatively noninvasive banners within a program, to very invasive pop-up windows that come up regardless of that you are doing in the foreground.
You normally download adware without knowing about it, since no one usually wants to see advertisements whenever they run a program. So then how does adware get on your computer? Adware often piggybacks on other program downloads that you do want. For example, a lot of free software (freeware) programs have AdWare.Win32.AdServer.d adware associated with them. When you download freeware you want, such as a peer-to-peer file-sharing program like Kazaa, you are also downloading adware that is packaged with it. That way, when you run the freeware, you are also running the adware in the background, which is creating advertisements on your computer.
Some examples of freeware that may contain adware are: advanced search engines, instant news and weather updates, computer games, peer to peer (P2P) file sharing programs, fun mouse pointers, desktop themes and back grounds, emoticons and smileys used in email, and applications that say they will improve the efficiency of the computer.
Often, when you download the freeware that you actually want, it comes with a license agreement that you have to consent to before downloading the program. This license agreement often contains information about any adware that you are also downloading. In consenting to the license agreement of the freeware, you are in effect consenting to the download of the adware.
Some adware can be more malicious than the type that comes with freeware. It may trick you into installing it by creating a pop-up on your screen that looks like a Microsoft error or alert. You may have to clock “Ok” or “Cancel” to get rid on the alert, but in doing do you are actually inviting the adware to install on your computer.
Other malicious adware can exploit holes in your computer’s security. Some websites have programs designed to install adware on your computer as you surf the internet by finding holes in your computer’s security and installing the adware when you view their webpages. This happens without your consent. That is why you should be careful at the sites you are visiting.