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The word adware is a word creation from the words advertisement and software. It is software that displays advertisements in the form of banner ads or pop-up banners.

Adware is an advertising-supporting software that automatically displays or plays advertising banners or even starts downloads. It is usually free of charge, but can be counter-financed via the banners. In contrast to normal advertising, adware displays banners when a program is started, when a page is changed, or purely for statistical purposes, and often cannot be hidden.

The unauthorized display of advertisements interferes with the reading of web pages, and it is also problematic from a data privacy point of view. In addition, adware often has a code that spies on the user's personal information without his knowledge, thus fulfilling the function of spyware.

Englisch: adware
Updated at: 19.04.2012
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