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Talk:adware

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Here are the oldest Usenet posts I can find on Google Groups:

  • AdWare: comp.sys.mac - 21 Jul 1987 by Werner Uhrig: [1]
  • adware: comp.binaries.ibm.pc.d - 9 Nov 1990 by Jack Morrison: [2]
  • adwares: alt.comp.shareware - 6 Mar 2000 by Visual Vision: [3]
  • anti-adware: alt.privacy.spyware - 9 Aug 2000 by Bluebeard: [4]

It seems that the terms adware was originally used for a close relative of shareware & freeware and was a type of benevolent or harmless software (rathar than malware) which was free of charge but contained some advertising. — Hippietrail 12:11, 3 Oct 2004 (UTC)