Short bio

Adware is a category of Malwarebytes’ detections that applies to advertising-supported software. To learn more about adware, read our related blog content.


Users will typically see advertisements that are not coming from the website they are visiting.

Type and source of infection

Adware is typically a standalone program which displays adverts to the end-user in a variety of forms, including:

inside the program itself
via pop-ups and pop-unders, in or outside the browser
slide-in adverts
launching a browser window
inserted adverts, or otherwise altered website content

Adware has traditionally been spread through the affiliate model, where individuals or supposed business entities sign up with the adware vendor then distribute it via websites, bundled products, and other offers.


Malwarebytes protects users from adware infections by using real-time protection and by blocking the related IPs and domains.


Malwarebytes can detect and remove adware without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

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