A recent survey by security software vendor Adtech showed that more than half of Windows users are using adware to gain control of their computers.
Adtech’s survey of over 8,000 Windows and macOS users found that about 90% of users had encountered at least one adware program or another that was trying to trick them into downloading unwanted software.
Ads, spyware, and adware, which include the spyware Adt and spyware KidsViewer, are all malware that are installed by adware providers in order to get users to install malicious software on their computers, usually in the form of malware that will try to steal information or steal money from their accounts.
Adtech’s findings are likely to increase the popularity of adware and the adoption of anti-virus software, as more people turn to adware as their primary protection against viruses and malware.
AdTech’s findings came after a recent study by security firm Trend Micro that analyzed the ads that appear in popular ad networks like AdSense, AdMob, and AdMob Xtra.
According to Trend Micro, nearly half of the adware programs that were installed in Windows users’ browsers were designed to steal personal data and monetize the advertising network by offering users an ad-free experience.
In an attempt to curb the spread of ad fraud, the ad industry has developed a number of anti adware products.
For example, in July, Google announced that it had added a feature called the “AdBlock Plus” that will automatically block unwanted ads from running in your browser.
However, in February, Microsoft announced that Microsoft will be removing all the adblockers from the Windows Defender, including Adblock Plus, from April 2018.
In March, Microsoft started rolling out an adblocker that blocks unwanted ads and will also block adware from appearing in the Windows Store.
In August, Microsoft added an Adblocker for Chrome browser, which was also a hit with the public, according to Microsoft.