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Cyber Safety Glossary

Adware

Also Known As:
Advertising-supported software.

Description:
Adware is any computer program or software in which advertisements are displayed while the program is running. Adware is sometimes used to help recover programming development costs or reduce the price of the software application. See Spyware entry in the glossary.

How to Recognize This Threat:
An abundance of pop-up and banner ads and/or system slowdown.

What Should I Do:
To prevent malicious Adware, install anti-Spyware software and a firewall.