Every once in a while you’ll want to download and install a program from the Internet that maybe you’ve never heard of. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to tell which programs are safe and which ones aren’t.
On another note, there are actually programs that ARE safe, but they come bundled with other programs that AREN’T safe. It’s puzzling why they would do that, but they do.
That being said, sometimes in haste, you may end up downloading and installing one of those programs that isn’t safe.
After which, you may start to notice that there are things on your computer that are different. Things like your computer may not run as smoothly as it was before, or your browser’s start page may be different, or you might start to notice that there are Internet ads all over your screen.
These and other oddities are usually signs that you have an infection.
At this point, we’ll assume you’ve infected your computer with some sort of Malware or “Potentially Unwanted Program” (or “PUP”). It’s not the end of the world, but it can be a HUGE annoyance.
Many times these programs and infections are easy to install, but in many cases, they won’t let you uninstall them as simply as you installed them.
This is where AdwCleaner comes in.
AdwCleaner is a program that we use all the time to clean up our customers’ computers that are possibly infected. It’s a free program that you can download and run it too. It will get rid of questionable programs and possible infections that are on your computer.
Simply download AdwCleaner and run it. It will give you a screen that lets you scan, then once the scan is done, go ahead and clean the infections. After all of that, you’ll have to restart your computer.
Once you’ve done all of that, you’ll more than likely notice that you’re computer is operating a wee bit better.
AdwCleaner: Very good first line of defense after your computer is possibly infected.
If you have any questions or need any help, don’t hesitate to contact us!