What is Adware? How it works and how to protect your device from Adware?

What is Adware? How it works and how to protect your device from Adware?

As time goes by, more and more technologies are being created. One of them is Adware, a malware that can distribute ads automatically.

Adware is annoying software that can reduce device performance and work productivity.

Just imagine, when a Qwords friend is cool to write blog articles or create image designs, suddenly popup ads appear suddenly with random content.

So, so that your device does not become a victim of Adware, here we have written an explanation of what Adware is, examples of adware, and how it differs from ordinary computer viruses.

Watch this article until the end! Because there will also be tips on how to avoid Adware that is effective and efficient.

What is Adware? How it works and how to protect your device from Adware?

What is Adware?

In general, Adware stands for advertising-supported software or a software developed to distribute online advertisements automatically into the user interface of a software or user’s screen.

Adware belongs to the category of malware or malicious software because it has the potential to interfere with and distribute users’ personal data.

Today, Adware is also often used as a place to earn income from advertising. The way is through the method Pay-Per-Click (PPC) as well as through the impression of display ads that are served.

There are many examples of adware around us. One of the most popular is Adware in the browser which is able to install and replace the user’s default search engine.

Types of Adware by Device

Based on the infected device, at least adware can be divided into 2 types. Namely computer Adware and Android-based smartphone Adware. Here’s a full explanation.

1.Computer Adware

Adware that infects computers or laptops with Windows, Linux, or Linux operating systems MacOS, generally comes from installing illegal applications.

User negligence and inaccuracy are the main reasons why adware is still often found, even though there are anti-malware applications that can be used.

2. Android Adware

Android-based smartphones are usually infected with adware because they often browse and enter sites that are not clear.

The website owner may not have accidentally installed adware on their website. But because the security system is not optimal and does not use an SSL certificate, malware is more likely to enter and easily infiltrate.

Signs of a smartphone affected by Android adware itself can be seen from the slower performance. Suddenly a pop-up ad banner appears on the screen, even to the point of downloading the application itself.

Source and Causes of Adware infection

If you look at the majority of cases of Adware victims, the main cause is the user’s own activities.

Adware can infiltrate your computer, laptop, or smartphone when you download applications from unknown sources.

Various illegal applications from unknown websites may have been infiltrated by special scripts containing adware, thereby infecting the device.

The solution to this problem is to minimize the use of illegal applications from unknown sources. Try to only use official applications on the PlayStore, App Store, or other trusted sources.

Another source that is no less great is the website you visit while browsing.

When browsing sometimes users are not aware that there is a special script that resembles website content so that users who are not careful will access the content.

Some examples of content that is likely to contain Adware are, popups containing notifications to install applications.

Impact of Damage Caused by Adware

Talking about the impact of Adware, actually the biggest is on the user experience or user experience.

The way Adware works which aims to display advertisements in a structured, massive, and illegal manner can make users uncomfortable.

Adware can also hamper worker productivity. The reason is, when a computer, laptop, or smartphone is in use, popup ads will appear suddenly.

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The popup ad content displayed is also very disruptive, ranging from gambling content, adult banners, to credit card offers and investments that can make users suddenly rich.

Difference between Adware and Virus

Both Adware and viruses both have differences in terms of how they work and form of attack.

Adware is more intended to distribute advertising content to users, while viruses are a type of malware that attacks hardware to find personal information or interfere with operating system performance.


Adware is one type of malware that is increasingly being found in the digital age. The presence of adware itself became increasingly popular when this disorder began to be found in one of the major ISPs in Indonesia.

As office workers, students, and digital freelancers, it is certainly very important to protect your computer or smartphone from adware.

We know, one of the best ways to prevent adware attacks is to not use illegal applications.

In addition, you can also take advantage of the service Virtual Private Network from Express VPN. The encryption function of the VPN has proven to be effective in preventing malicious scripts from entering the device via the internet.

VPN is usually needed when you are accessing public networks such as WiFi access in hospitals, WiFi corners, hotel chains, to cafes or restaurants.

Come on, try Express VPN now! Change the old network now.


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