This program delivers advertising content to the user. It is usually annoying but harmless, unless it is combined with spyware or trackware.
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Adware is software that displays advertisements on the computer to which it is installed. The advertisements may be displayed on the desktop or during a web browsing session.
Adware is often bundled with free software that provides some functionality to the user. If the functionality of the free software outweighs the potential inconvenience of the advertisements, then the computer user may elect to keep the adware installed.
Many users are however unaware of the connection between the free software and the adware. For those users, the adware can be a considerable annoyance.