ad·​ware ˈad-ˌwer How to pronounce adware (audio)
: computer software that is provided usually for free but contains advertisements

Examples of adware in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paying for the premium edition gets you real-time protection, automatic updates, and blocking of adware and potentially unwanted programs, or PUPs. PCMAG, 13 Sep. 2023 At least 60,000 Android apps carried adware in the last six months, according to the cybersecurity research group Bitdefender(Opens in a new window). Marco Marcelline, PCMAG, 11 June 2023 Scan for any malware or adware. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 During their sweep, the analysts found 28 Android apps on the Google Play app store containing adware trojans. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 27 July 2022 Adload is also an unusually persistent strain of adware. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022 The malware’s ultimate goal is to install adware on Macs, earning money for the fraudsters per faked clicks and views on advertisements. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Android adware apps discovered on Google Play According to Doctor Web, these trojans are built into a number of common app types. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 27 July 2022 The additions include the pushing of an aggressive second-stage adware payload that installs a persistent backdoor on infected Macs. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022

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Word History


ad entry 1 + -ware (in software)

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adware was in 1985

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“Adware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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