Microsoft is waging war to kill annoying adware on PCs


One of the most annoying things that can happen when using your computer is being flooded with ads from adware programs — ones that you didn’t even know about or intentionally install. Thankfully, Microsoft knows this and is introducing a new policy that has these pesky programs in its crosshairs.

Microsoft says the new system will be in place by July 1st, and it will block adware programs that don’t give users an easy way to close advertisements, ones that don’t clearly state which program is creating the ads and ones don’t give users an easy way to uninstall them. The last one in particular will force advertisers to name their programs to exactly match the name shown in the advertisement, making it easier for users to know what to uninstall.

This new system will be in place for everyone that uses Microsoft security products. The company is giving adware developers three months to comply with the new policy.

This move comes on the heels of Google removing Chrome extensions that it found to be injecting adware into their browser. But as long as advertisers are willing to fork over money to developers to drive traffic to their ads, the war with adware could be an endless one.

[via BGR]

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  • Seamus McSeamus

    Nice job, MS. Better late than never, I suppose.

  • salb4

    about time! somebody needs to step up and watch over the unscrupulous advertisers. Kudos to Microsoft!

  • melen001


    That’s right…. it’s about time…. keep it up MS……

  • Ed

    Well it is about time Microsoft picked up the ball and started running with it. Sending Steve Ballmer packing was the best thing Microsoft could have done to help itself out.

  • melen001

    That’s a wonderful idea…… thanks Microsoft for introducing this new policy. Just hope that companies will comply…. Adware really sucks………

  • David Roper

    Adware?? The name we, Shameus, “Down Under”, and me, gave it last is Crapware. Good, MS. Thanks.