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Adware detection in AVG

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AVG is able to detect applications from the Adware category as special part of Potentially Unwanted Applications detection. 

Adware software can display and/or download advertisement and may be considered privacy-invasive. Adware applications are however not harmfull and their detection is disabled by default in AVG.

To enable resident Adware detection follow these steps:

  • Open the AVG program (Start -> Programs -> AVG 2011 -> AVG user interface).
  • From the Tools menu, select Advanced Settings.
  • In the left tree, click on Resident Shield branch.
  • On the right side of window, check the Report enhanced set of Potentially Unwanted Programs option
  • Click OK to save changes.

To enable Adware detection through a scheduled scan follow these steps:

  • Open the AVG program (Start -> Programs -> AVG 2011 -> AVG user interface).
  • From the Tools menu, select Advanced Settings.
  • In the left tree, open the Schedules branch.
  • There is a list of planned actions, click on Sheduled scan (or any other scan schedule you created).
  • On the right side of window, switch to the How to scan tab.
  • Check the Report enhanced set of Potentially Unwanted Programs option.
  • Click OK to save changes.

Please note that some adware may be associated with different application. Deleting them might cause issues with that application or be against license agreement of that application.


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