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 Chen and others used those types of ads to gain access to victims’ computers, delete their adware settings, and carry out fake removals of non-existent viruses. Rita Katz, Wired, "What's Worse Than Foreign Election Interference? QAnon," 30 Oct. 2020 The malware exhibits standard adware behavior, like injecting ads into search results. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Apple Accidentally Approved Malware to Run on MacOS," 31 Aug. 2020 Reed also notes that he's started seeing Mac malware like adware evolve to get around notarization. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Apple Accidentally Approved Malware to Run on MacOS," 31 Aug. 2020 The NewTab threat, for example, is adware often hidden in fake map, fake flight or fake package tracking pages. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Mac software threats climbed 400% in 2019, more than Microsoft Windows, report says," 13 Feb. 2020 Shady adware and even banking trojans have managed over the years to repeatedly defy Google's security checks. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "How Spies Snuck Malware Into the Google Play Store—Again and Again," 28 Apr. 2020 At the beginning of March, Google removed 56 applications that appeared benign, but were tainted with adware. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Google Removes Adware-Laced Kids' Apps From Play Store," 24 Mar. 2020 Second verse, same as the first The file downloaded by the Python variant Kaspersky Lab analyzed installs adware known as Cimpli. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Mac users are getting bombarded by laughably unsophisticated malware," 23 Jan. 2020 Beginning with the current version of Microsoft Edge, Microsoft will begin blocking adware, Bitcoin miners, and other unwanted apps that sometimes accompany apps that users download from the web. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft begins blocking 'unwanted applications' like adware and cryptominers, using Edge," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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“Adware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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