What Is Adware Generic?

by JC Torpey
Adware is a type of virus.

Adware is a type of virus.

Adware Generic is a type of program known as malware, which is any malicious software that intends to harm your computer or to steal information or money from you. A computer owner usually installs an Adware program without intending to.

Other Names

Adware Generic has 38 other names and they vary depending on the antivirus program that detected the infection. These names include Downloader from Symantec, Adware-BDSearch from McAfee and TROJ_AGENT.ITM from Trend Micro.

Infection Installation

The Adware Generic software program installs itself alongside other software programs, usually tool bars. When the computer owner downloads what he thinks is a legitimate tool bar for installation on his browser, the Adware downloads with the tool bar, usually in the same program, and installs itself into the browser.

Symptoms

Symptoms of an Adware generic infection include excessive pop-ups, excessive advertisements for rogue antivirus programs (antivirus programs that are actually malware), slow Internet connection and redirection of a uniform resource locator (URL) to an unintended destination.

Removal

Because of the malicious nature of Adware Generic and its other variations, immediate removal is necessary. Download one of the many different removal programs available that are known to remove this particular adware, install it and run it to remove the Adware Generic infection.

Warnings

Sometimes manual removal is necessary by editing the Windows Registry, however this can cause massive damage if done incorrectly. Consult an information technology professional for advice and help.

About the Author

JC Torpey (Jessica Zuzierla), lives in Philadelphia and has authored works since 1997. She is published on various sites including Associated Content, Youserbase.org and other websites and their respective blogs. Torpey attends The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for an associate's degree in interactive media and Web design.

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