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Adware

Definition:

Noun:

A software application in which advertisements are displayed while the program is running, esp. in pop-up windows or banners, and which often is installed without the users knowledge or consent; also called advertising-supported software.

Noun:

A form of Spyware that collects information about the computer users online behavior in order to display targeted advertisements in the Web browser.

(Source: Webster's New Millenniumô Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.6)
http://www.reference.com/browse/wiki/Adware)

Removal:

The following are MY recommendations based on years of experience and what has worked best for me. I am sure that there are other great programs out there, but these are the ones that I use and would recommend. To many programs trying to do the same things will only give you headaches.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware Personal

Trend Micro Antivirus with Adware protection:

Google Toolbar

I use only one toolbar; Google's. It has a built in popup blocker, which is where you get most of the Adware from, and it has many features that I really like, such as AutoFill and in the new Beta you can keep your bookmarks. More on this toolbar under Favorite Tools.