AdWare.Win32.Advision.c not a Malware

Adware, spyware, malware… these words become interchanged a lot in the world of the internet technology. But in reality, they are quite different. The excellent spyware removal program Ad-aware discusses spyware in its documentation:  “The term ‘Spyware‘ covers advertising systems which secretly use your Internet connection to download banner-ads like AdWare.Win32.Advision.c or send various user data to a third parties server — with or without knowledge of the user. These companies build user profiles for statistical data, or they sell it to third parties to do target advertising. Often an attractive ‘Free’ host application is used to transport the parasite. Nearly all spyware systems hide their intentions (gathering user-specific information) behind a nice privacy policy, shown during or before the installation of their (customers’) software. Anyway, it is like the ‘fine print on the back of the ceiling.’ In our experience most of the time people were not aware of the fact that they installed an advertising parasite when they installed the so called ‘freeware’ application. When you decide to uninstall the host application (the freeware), the spyware will remain active on your system. This so-called ‘freeware’ is not free at all; it may cost your privacy or at least bandwidth and CPU resources. Since no trojan / virus scanner scans for them, it is not trivial to remove them entirely or even detect them.”

Malware (short for MALicious softWARE) actively alters and/or damages your system, including the aforementioned browser resettings, rewrites of your configuration, entries into your Registry, system crashes, and more. Sometimes the line between malware and viruses is pretty blurred. The term is often used to cover the entire range of “hostile” software, including viruses, trojan horses, and worms. The author of states that “the issue [of] whether a program is “malware” or not is in the mind of the person executing the code.” In order to get a deeper understanding, it would be best if you do more research and get to know the similarities and differences between these “ware” terms.

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