|Type||Ad-supported application, adware|
|Short Description||AdPunisher promises to stop the display of unwanted advertisements.|
|Symptoms||Generates advertisements, may slow down the browser.|
|Distribution Method||Via freeware packages (bundling), or freeware websites.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By AdPunisher|
What Is AdPunisher?
AdPunisher is a browser extension that promises that it will prevent any pop-up ads from appearing. The program is compatible with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. Although this seems like it is a useful application, AdPunisher is actually categorized as adware itself. This means that it will be the one generating advertisements. As you can see, this makes the program completely useless. But that is not all. Adware programs are known to be potential risks for the system’s security. If you want to avoid any harm done to your computer, then it is best to remove AdPunisher immediately.
Where Did AdPunisher Come from?
Even though AdPunisher has an official website, this is not its main means of distribution. What is more, it is not even available for download there. The adware is featured on a number of installers of free applications. When installing freeware, you need to be very careful. Otherwise, you may install additional software by accident. AdPunisher will be set for installation by default. This means that you have to explicitly decline it, which will not happen if you just keep clicking the Next button until installation is done. It is best to avoid any third-party software dispensers. Also, to be extra safe, select the Advanced/Custom installation option. This will show you whether any additional programs are about to be installed.
What Does AdPunisher Do?
After it gets installed, AdPunisher will start displaying numerous pop-up and banner advertisements on your computer. The ads will be really intrusive as they will appear constantly. What is more, it is likely that they will be related to your interests as the program can collect information on your browsing. This may seem as though it will help you with your shopping, but in reality it is likely that the ads will lead to harmful websites. This goes for all adware programs. Often cyber criminals take advantage of them in order to promote their malicious websites. You can be presented with a really appealing offer, but once you click on the ad, get taken to a website managed by cyber criminals. This will put your sensitive information along with your system in danger. This is why we do not recommend using AdPunisher or having it on your computer altogether.
How Do I Remove AdPunisher?
It is important to note that AdPunisher belongs to a group of adware that can appear with different names. The name will not be that different. Some letters may be doubled or capitalized. You can expect it to be installed as AddPunisher, AdPuniisher, aDPunnisher, or something along these lines. What you need to do is go to Control Panel, open the list of programs, find the adware and uninstall it.
However, as AdPunisher was able to enter your PC unnoticed and has been active on it, there is a real possibility that there may be more unwanted programs on your computer or even malware. Due to these risks, security specialists recommend having a reliable antimalware program on your computer. This will clean the system of any unwanted software. At the same time, it will make sure that your computer is never compromised again. This is the best way of making sure that your sensitive information is safe.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter