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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.
Origin of adware
1980-85; ad(vertising-supported) + (soft)ware
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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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