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adware

The word adware is a word creation from the words advertisement and software

. It is software that displays advertisements in the form of advertising banners or advertising pop-ups. Adware is 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 by the banners

. In contrast to normal advertising, advertising banners displayed via adware are shown when a program is called up, when a page is changed or purely for statistical purposes and often cannot be hidden. The unauthorised display of advertising impairs the reading of web pages and is also problematic from a data protection point of view.

In addition, adware often has a code with which the user's personal information is spied on without the user's knowledge, thus fulfilling the function of spyware.

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Englisch: adware
Updated at: 19.04.2012
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