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

Recent Examples on the Web Even the trojan’s payload turns out to be ho-hum: garden variety adware. Brian Barrett, Wired, "The Sneaky Simple Malware That Hits Millions of Macs," 25 Jan. 2020 The companies are looking for anything from trojans, adware, and ransomware to banking malware or even phishing campaigns. Wired, "Google Enlists Outside Help to Clean Up Android's Malware Mess," 6 Nov. 2019 That sort of adware makes regular appearances on Android, in part because that platform’s third-party app stores are riddled with bad actors. Wired, "How 18 Malware Apps Snuck Into Apple's App Store," 25 Oct. 2019 Imposter Fortnite apps started spreading adware on Android during the summer of 2018. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Worry About," 21 July 2019 The apps, which posed as photography and gaming programs, contained a family of adware that was highly disruptive to end users. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "85 Google Play apps with 8 million downloads forced fullscreen ads on users," 19 Aug. 2019 Basically any application could be used instead of adware. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Hackers Are Poking at a MacOS Flaw Apple Left Unfixed," 26 June 2019 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

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Adware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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