Adware - is this software on your hard drive?

Friday, 10 December 2004, 8:20 AM EST

In this week’s edition of NEWSWEEK, we looked at the growing online presence of adware, software that sits on users’ hard drives and can slow down the desktop with resource-consuming pop-up ads. Adware companies like Claria, WhenU and 180solutions load their software onto hard drives by offering appealing free programs like games, updated weather reports and the like. The adware then serves pop-ups ads on the screen that are often related to the user’s Web activity.

By Brad Stone at MSNBC.

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