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adware

[ad-wair] /ˈædˌwɛər/
noun, Computers.
1.
software that displays advertisements and is integrated into another program offered at no charge or at low cost.
2.
a type of spyware that gathers information about an Internet user's browsing habits and displays targeted or contextual advertisements.
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British Dictionary definitions for adware

adware

/ˈædˌwɛə/
noun
1.
a type of computer software that collects information about a user's browsing patterns in order to display relevant advertisements in his or her Web browser
2.
computer software that is given to a user with advertisements already embedded
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Contemporary definitions for adware
noun

a form of spyware that collects information about the computer user's online behavior in order to display targeted advertisements in the Web browser

Word Origin

2000-05

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Word Origin and History for adware
n.

2000 (earlier as the name of a software company), from ad (n.) + -ware, abstracted from software, etc.

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adware in Technology

software
Any kind of software which is distributed free of charge along with advertisements that are either placed on the web site from which the software is distributed or displayed by the program while it is running.
Nagware might be considered a special case of adware where the program tries to persuade the user to buy a license for the program itself.
(2007-11-20)

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