Definition of adware
: computer software that is provided usually for free but contains advertisements
Recent Examples of adware from the Web
The Fireball adware bug is spreading like...wildfire.
This message is associated with adware that hawks flaky support services.
Use a malware scanner to find and remove the adware (ESET offers a free scanner at https://www.eset.com/online-scanner).
Persistent pop-up windows shilling products can also indicate your computer has a spyware or adware infection and needs anti-malware software.
A security expert who worked on the case told THREAT LEVEL the machine had been infected with adware when another teacher downloaded a screensaver at Halloween.
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