adware

noun
ad·ware | \ˈad-ˌwer \

Definition of adware 

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

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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 On Windows, clean out adware with SpyBot Search & Destroy. Kim Komando, Fox News, "7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked," 5 May 2018 Earlier this month, for example, the FTC announced the conclusion of its look into Lenovo's conduct of pre-installing man-in-the-middle adware. David Kravets, Ars Technica, "FTC launches Equifax breach probe, warns consumers about credit scammers," 14 Sep. 2017 This VirusTotal entry shows only Panda, Symantec, and Webroot detecting the file as adware. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Equifax website borked again, this time to redirect to fake Flash update," 12 Oct. 2017

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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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