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More Reasons To Steer Clear Of Adware
Some of the more ubiquitous adware programs don't install the adware directly but encourage the user to install additional free software; then in order to use the additional free software, the user has to agree not to uninstall the adware part of the program. If the user attempts to uninstall the adware part of the program, the other freeware will not function. And chances are the freeware the user really wanted won't be the adware part of the program. Adware vendors consider this a fair tradeoff. You get something you want, they get to gather data about you and sell it to advertising companies who pay well for "targeted" advertisements. Most adware vendors will state they do not collect any personal information -which means they do not ask for your name, address, or telephone number. But, your IP address is being tracked, and that is personal information. And many adware companies assign you a "user ID" - so they can track you.
Finally, adware bundles use a lot of your system's resources. These programs normally start with Windows. Even when you try to keep them from starting with Windows, as soon as you reboot they're back again. Obviously, these programs have to be running in the background all the time to earn their developer's money, so they're not going to make it easy for you to keep them from starting up with Windows.
Adware is bad for your privacy and worse for you computer. Steer clear. Adware is a first cousin to spyware. Sometimes they're twins.
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