Note that many websites have their own advertising, unrelated to adware.
Adware, also known as an Adbot, can do a number of things from profile your online surfing and spending habits to popping up annoying ad windows as you surf. In some cases Adware has been bundled (i.e. peer-to-peer file swapping products) with other software without the user's knowledge or slipped in the fine print of a EULA (End User License Agreement).
Not all Adware is bad, but often users are annoyed by adware's intrusive behavior. Keep in mind that by removing Adware sometimes the program it came bundled with for free may stop functioning. Some Adware, dubbed a "BackDoor Santa" may not perform any activity other then to profile a user?s surfing activity for study.
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AdWare can be obnoxious in that it performs "drive-by downloads". Drive-by downloads are accomplished by providing a misleading dialogue box or other methods of stealth installation. Many times users have no idea they have installed the application. Often Adware makers make their application difficult to uninstall.
A "EULA" or End User License Agreement is the agreement you accept when you click "OK" or "Continue" when you are installing software.
Many users never bother to read the EULA.
It is imperative to actually read this agreement before you install any software. No matter how tedious the EULA, you should be able to find out the intent BEFORE you install the software. If you have questions about the EULA- e-mail the company and ask them for clarification. If they cannot clarify this do not install the software.
AD-BLOCK is a software application, which is intended to suppress .pop-up. windows from appearing during use of Internet Explorer 5.0 and higher, operating on Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP platforms. AD-BLOCK also directs Internet Explorer 5.0 to a search page when the user enters a Uniform Resource Locator which is non-existent or otherwise would resolve to an error page or other browser redirection service, in order to provide a search function for finding internet resources as directed by the user.
Linkz Internet Services does not maintain individually identifiable user information, nor does Linkz Internet Services maintain any record of information entered by the user into their browser during operation of AD-BLOCK. In the performance of the search re-direction function, the user may be directed to a search page operated by Linkz Internet Services or its affiliates. In such an instance the web server may maintain customary records of the user.s IP address, the date and time of access, and will record the search query made by the user for the purpose of generating aggregate search statistics.