But aside from pedaling their wares to you, the end user, does adware have another purpose? If you've guessed the answer to that question might be 'yes', then you are quite right, for as well as trying to convince you to buy that new Rolex (and clean your bank account out in the process), adware is also used as a way to generate income for its developer. All well and good for them, but where does that leave the likes of you and me as we battle to work, shop, play or surf the web while faced with an increasing barrage of adverts and slow internet? Many people claim Adware.Trace doesn't bother them, and that is fair enough, but increasingly, countless others are finding the proliferation of adverts in all their different guises annoying and distracting.
The way in which Adware.Trace works
Adware has two main MO's (modus operandi) and the advertising either presents itself to you as a screen which you will see when you are installing the adware (which is usually unwittingly), or the adverts will be hidden in the software's interface. The adverts that you see displayed on your device's screen may be banner ads, boxes or side banners or strips, or – the most irritating and hardest to get rid of - pop-up windows.
How does adware infect your computer?
Long story short, Adware.Trace will infect you by virtue of being packaged with another program. Put simply: you will download Program A but unbeknown to you, it comes attached to Program B – the adware. And it doesn't really matter what you are downloading for the cleverest, most expensive app on the internet stands almost as much chance as being packaged with adware (or any other type of malware) as does the cheapest, nastiest freebie out there. As mentioned, programmers and developers use the adware to earn money, which is why, for them, it is imperative that it's installed on your computer – and as sneakily as possible.
Should you be concerned about Adware.Trace?
You might be thinking, thus far, that it is just a nuisance but consider this: thanks to the program's ability to monitor which websites you are looking at, it means you are being constantly spied upon. Adware.Trace monitors you so the programmer can customize the adverts they show you - depending on the sites you have recently visited. In addition to this, because adware is busy collecting and relaying data – using your internet connection – it can also have a knock-on effect on your computer's productivity, slowing it down and in worst case scenarios, making it virtually unusable.
Prevent this from happening to your PC by installing a reputable anti-malware program, run it regularly - and keep it up-to-date!
How to get rid of Adware.Trace?
To remove this adware from your computer, please follow the steps in the removal guide below. If you have any questions, please leave a comment down below. Good luck and be safe online!
Written by Michael Kaur, http://deletemalware.blogspot.com
Adware.Trace Removal Guide:
1. First of all, download anti-malware software and run a full system scan. It will detect and remove this infection from your computer. You may then follow the manual removal instructions below to remove the leftover traces of this malware. Hopefully you won't have to do that.
2. Remove Adware.Trace related programs from your computer using the Uninstall a program control panel (Windows 7). Go to the Start Menu. Select Control Panel → Uninstall a Program.
If you are using Windows 8 or 10, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for "control panel".
Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control panel from there.
3. When the Add/Remove Programs or the Uninstall a Program screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and remove the following:
- and any other recently installed application
Simply select each application and click Remove. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, click Uninstall up near the top of that window. When you're done, please close the Control Panel screen.
Remove Adware.Trace related extensions from Google Chrome:
1. Click on Chrome menu button. Go to More Tools → Extensions.
2. Click on the trashcan icon to remove DNS-Keeper, Extag, Gosave, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
If the removal option is grayed out then read how to remove extensions installed by enterprise policy.
3. Then select Settings. Scroll down the page and click Show advanced settings.
4. Find the Reset browser settings section and click Reset browser settings button.
5. In the dialog that appears, click Reset. That's it!
Remove Adware.Trace related extensions from Mozilla Firefox:
1. Open Mozilla Firefox. Go to Tools Menu → Add-ons.
2. Select Extensions. Click Remove button to remove DNS-Keeper, Extag, Gosave, MediaPlayerV1, HD-Plus 3.5 and other extensions that you do not recognize.
Remove Adware.Trace related add-ons from Internet Explorer:
1. Open Internet Explorer. Go to Tools → Manage Add-ons. If you have the latest version, simply click on the Settings button.
2. Select Toolbars and Extensions. Click Remove/Disable button to remove the browser add-ons listed above.