An adware removal tool is a program that is designed to remove popup ads, banners, and other types of spyware from a computer system. There are many different types available to consumers, and the most popular types are all-in-one programs that search for many different adware and malware at once. Some security programs have this type of scan built into their virus detection software as well, but in many cases, the scan is not as comprehensive as a consumer would find in a standalone product. In more troublesome cases, a specific adware removal tool may be necessary for more intrusive types of viruses that can not be deleted through normal methods.
The most common type of adware removal tool comes within a suite of programs that handle various maintenance tasks. This type of software is normally designed to scan for a variety of unwanted adware, spyware, and malware files that could be on a user's computer system. Once these objects are found, the program automatically isolates and deletes them without requiring further instruction from the user. In most cases, this type of all-in-one maintenance program also defragments the hard drive, organizes the registry, and searches for other junk files that could slow down the computer's overall efficiency.
Another adware removal tool that consumers find success with is often included within a virus scanner. This type of program works a little bit differently because it is often able to recognize types of adware and spyware that have not yet been defined by software programmers. Instead of searching for specific file names, this software looks at each program that is installed on the computer and studies it for certain signature traits. If it finds a file that automatically launches a popup window or edits another program, then this program is quarantined until the user can verify its authenticity.
Sometimes even the most comprehensive types of adware removal tool programs can not detect an especially malicious script that is causing the user serious problems. In this instance, the adware may have to be removed manually by following a short tutorial that can be found on security websites. There are also times where a specific adware removal tool will be designed to automate this process. Unfortunately, for a computer user to be able to delete this type of adware, it is necessary to partially identify the source of the problem to determine which specific adware removal tool was designed to remove it.