Adware is a piece of software that automatically displays or downloads advertising materials such as banners or pop-ups when a user is online. Aside from being really irritating, it can slow down your computer and, with serious cases, can make it almost unworkable when connected to the internet. Adware is different from malware, the latter being a kind of unwanted software that often has malicious intent and may be designed to harm your computer. There are a plethora of adware removal tools available, some paid and some free. You have to be careful when downloading an adware removal tool as some programs purporting to remove adware may actually contain adware or malware themselves.
AdwareMedic is a Mac app from the Thomas Reed (“The Safe Mac”) for removing sneaky software that modifies your Mac system against your wishes for commercial gain and which is difficult to remove. The utility does a quick scan and cleanup of this nasty garbage after connecting to the company’s website and downloading adware signature definitions. (The utility is not an anti-virus program, per se, only an adware remover.) The latest versions fix Chrome glitches. AdwareMedic 2.2.6 is distributed freely as shareware for OS X 10.7 and up.
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