adware

noun
ad·​ware | \ˈad-ˌwer \

Definition of adware 

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

Examples of adware in a Sentence

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For example, the sneaky Genio adware, DevilRobber currency mining malware, and the insidious Fruitfly malware that stole millions of images from infected Macs over a 13-year period all used synthetic clicks to bypass defense-in-depth warnings. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Malware has no trouble hiding and bypassing macOS user warnings," 14 Aug. 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, 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

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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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