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A type of software that comes bundled in with other software, which displays advertisements on a user's computer that relate to the type of internet searches and webpages that the individual has viewed. This type of software poses a threat to a user's personal information due to the fact that the information collected is sent over the Internet, which could result in hackers accessing it. Adware is usually installed without the user requesting it and has the capacity to severely slow down a computer's performance. Other software has been designed to help users remove this hidden software from their machines.

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