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adware
Last modified: Friday, February 18, 2005 

(n.) (1) A form of spyware that collects information about the user in order to display advertisements in the Web browser based on the information it collects from the user's browsing patterns.

Also see The Difference Between Adware & Spyware in the Did You Know...? section of Webopedia.

(2) Software that is given to the user with advertisements already embedded in the application.

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