adware

noun
ad·​ware | \ ˈad-ˌwer How to pronounce adware (audio) \

Definition of adware

: computer software that is provided usually for free but contains advertisements

Examples of adware in a Sentence

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The certificates were installed so that adware known as Superfish could inject ads into encrypted webpages. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Sennheiser discloses monumental blunder that cripples HTTPS on PCs and Macs," 28 Nov. 2018 Hence, the pain points: adware, poor battery life, and long boot times. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google takes on Apple, Windows with Chromebook attack ad as Amazon slashes Pixelbook prices," 31 July 2018 For example, the sneaky Genio adware, DevilRobber currency mining malware, and the insidious Fruitfly malware that stole millions of images from infected Macs over a 13-year period all used synthetic clicks to bypass defense-in-depth warnings. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Malware has no trouble hiding and bypassing macOS user warnings," 14 Aug. 2018 On Windows, clean out adware with SpyBot Search & Destroy. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 4 May 2018 On Windows, clean out adware with SpyBot Search & Destroy. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 4 May 2018 On Windows, clean out adware with SpyBot Search & Destroy. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 4 May 2018 On Windows, clean out adware with SpyBot Search & Destroy. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 4 May 2018 On Windows, clean out adware with SpyBot Search & Destroy. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of adware

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adware

ad entry 1 + -ware (in software)

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The first known use of adware was in 1985

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