TheAdBlock is adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) as it may not be malicious by nature, but it’s not safe to keep it in your system either.
Paradoxically, TheAdBlock, also known as Ads by The AdBlock, claims to block ads in your browsers when, in fact, it is a program that generates them.
TheAdBlock is compatible with the most commonly used browsers Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox and may sneak into your system without your permission.
Once TheAdBlock is inside your PC, it will start displaying multiple pop-up ads that you will not be able to close or remove. In fact, clicking them may redirect you to potentially compromised websites that will further infect your system.
TheAdBlock’s main aim, however, is collecting personally identifiable information by using tracking cookies. Once collected, that information may be shared with third parties for marketing purposes.
How Is TheAdBlock Distributed to Your PC?
As a typical adware program and a PUP, TheAdBlock is usually distributed via freeware users download from the Web. The bundling is a completely legal marketing method of distributing all kinds of programs, even malicious ones to the users’ computers. You, however, have the option to disallow the bundling upfront, but you must carefully watch out the installation process and disable all features that you are not familiar with.
Should You Remove TheAdBlock
TheAdBlock does participate in malvertising (malicious advertising) which is the use of online advertising to spread malware.
That is why TheAdBlock program is not safe to stay inside your system. It may serve as a backdoor for other malicious software and may collect sensitive data from you.
Removing TheAdBlock is your best bet. In order to do so, make sure you install a trustworthy anti-malware program that will perform a full system scan, detect the threat and remove it completely from your PC.