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 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 Before installing the adware, UpdateAgent now removes a flag that a macOS security mechanism called Gatekeeper adds to downloaded files. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022 There's adware and even ransomware tailored to Macs, and attackers are always looking to circumvent Apple's latest defenses. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 17 Feb. 2021 In fact, Jamf had flagged a version of the Shlayer adware that was actively exploiting the bug. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 26 Apr. 2021 Malwarebytes Mac security researcher Thomas Reed agrees with Wardle's assessment that the adware was not very novel in itself. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 17 Feb. 2021 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, 30 Oct. 2020 The malware exhibits standard adware behavior, like injecting ads into search results. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 31 Aug. 2020 Reed also notes that he's started seeing Mac malware like adware evolve to get around notarization. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 31 Aug. 2020 See More

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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 26 Jun. 2022.

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