As a website that produces thousands of words of content by the day and is solely supported by advertising review, nothing vexes us more than adware. Advertising doesn’t have a great image generally. Usually, people will say they hate it. If you knew what adware was and how it works, you’d understand why people hate it so much. You might be surprised to learn how many people are browsing the web with adware infected computers, laptops and notebooks. I managed to fix my cousin’s computer when I was browsing my own website and noticed ads on the screen that I surely wasn’t running on my site. Most of the time it’s a simple fix by stopping the add-on from the browser. However, some infections stem far worse and penetrate into the core files which are hard to get out, even with a professional adware removal software tool.
The adware we are talking about today is Desktop Doc. It works by acting as if it’s providing a widget through to Facebook, Twitter, other social networks and YouTube. While the service does, in fact, operate as suggested, it also comes with advertisements which take control of your computer. The bad news is those ads will randomly pop-up on your display after an allocated time and not just when you are using the Desktop Widget.
Desktop Doc pays other people to distribute the files inside their programs so that when you download something different, the Desktop Doc adware is inside. Many sites which are illegal or are not allowed to display proper adverts such as Google Adsense, resort to nasty ads because they pay well. In fact, if you browse to the isoHunt torrent website which is one of the largest since The Pirate Bay went down, you’ll see some “sponsored links.” Those links do come with a program that’s fake. Worse yet, it also infects you with adware. It’s the prime example of how these infections distribute around the internet. A founder with no morals starts up a torrent website; they cannot make good revenue because large ad networks don’t accept them and they have no problem infecting your computer with adware so long as they can make a dollar.
Adware is terrible because it displays banner advertisements on your computer display. These ads might pop-up automatically each time you visit a new web page, or they might be on a timer to appear after every few minutes. They make your computer very slow, howl like it’s sick, and you’ll be wondering what on earth is going on. When you combine that with the normal advertisements websites run it results in a lot of ads all on your display at once. No wonder people hate ads!
Now that you’ve learned all there is to know about adware and the specific Desktop Doc virus, let’s work out how we are going to fix your computer.
HOW TO REMOVE THE DESKTOP DOC VIRUS FROM WINDOWS
1. Click the Start button from the desktop.
2. Click the Control Panel.
3. Navigate to the menu which says Uninstall a program.
4. Search the list for the Desktop Doc program name.
5. Once found, click the name and select to uninstall the program.
Desktop Dock is the worst kind of adware possible. The type where you literally see banner advertisements on your computer’s display when you view webpages from a web browser. These ads can be anything from coupon codes to general banners. When you click on them, they earn revenue for the people who own Desktop Dock, which is why they want it installed on your computer. Think of it as instead of you just advertising on your website, you get to advertise on as many people’s computers as you can get the adware installed on. When thousands of people have a computer with adware running on it such as this, it can earn the owner lots of revenue. Always get educated enough to know what adware looks like so you know the difference between a standard ad that you would find on a website and one that is appearing on top of the website. It’s a good idea always to run the AdwCleaner program every so often even if you haven’t seen any just to make sure your computer is clean. It’s a free tool, so there’s no reason not to.