Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Software downloaded from the Internet that displays advertisements on personal computers, often without the user's permission.

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  • noun computing A software application that includes advertisements, which are displayed while the software is running. Developers use adware as a source of income and to keep the costs of the software down (usually making it free). Some adware programs can include spyware.

Etymologies

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ad +‎ -ware

Examples

  • The problem is the muddled use of the term adware on the part of the AG in the settlement that seems to conflate adware and spyware, two very different things.

    ClickZ News Blog

  • The problem is the muddled use of the term adware on the part of the AG in the settlement that seems to conflate adware and spyware, two very different things.

    ClickZ News Blog

  • The problem is the muddled use of the term adware on the part of the AG in the settlement that seems to conflate adware and spyware, two very different things.

    ClickZ News Blog

  • The problem is the muddled use of the term adware on the part of the AG in the settlement that seems to conflate adware and spyware, two very different things.

    ClickZ News Blog

  • The problem is the muddled use of the term adware on the part of the AG in the settlement that seems to conflate adware and spyware, two very different things.

    ClickZ News

  • The term adware and spyware are often used interchangeably.

    Best Syndication -

  • Just 1 gram of Real Player with 4 grams of adware is a good dietary source of Slowdown.

    Mozilla Confirms Release For Firefox 3.5 | Lifehacker Australia

  • A lot of spyware and adware is downloaded as ActiveX controls.

    Message From Your Friend

  • Note that you can manually unistall the adware from the latest oficial release, but when you restart eXeem, it _helpfuly_ reinstalls the adware (cydoor I think ...)

    Boing Boing: January 23, 2005 - January 29, 2005 Archives

  • The company started developing a type of malicious software known as adware that hackers install on PCs, where they served up pop-up ads for travel services, pornography, discounted drugs and other products, including its flawed antivirus software.

    IOL: News

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