Adware is an advertising software that can be installed unknown by the user within the software you download from the internet.
These will pop up with advertisements on your device, can take control of your browser and send you to a dangerous website and it can also collect information on your web browsing behaviour and shopping habits without permission.
People use adware to generate money from any sales they generate or through the selling of the information they have gathered. If the adware sends you to malicious websites it is known as malvertising.
Adware is harmful because it hogs your bandwidth which will slow your device online, it can even slow your device offline as well. It is also a threat to your privacy as it collects your data and sells it on. Finally, it can take control of your browser and send you to unwanted websites.
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