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'''Adware''' is a software distribution model where the distributed program is free and has all its features available, but the user will have to watch advertisements at regular intervals as they use the program. Depending on the developers, these ads may be immediately dismissed, short, or painfully long. Developers who make adware frequently include a way to turn off ads for a fee (effectively, the cost of the program). Adware is especially popular on applications designed for phones and tablets which are generally expected to have a constant connection to the Internet where the program can download new ads to show. Adware is similar to [[nagware]].
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'''Adware''' is a [[software distribution model]] where the distributed program is described as free, and has all its features available (unlike [[crippleware]]), but the user will have to watch advertisements which make the developers money. Depending on how the program is developed, the ads may occur frequently or infrequently, and they may be dismissable after a time, or must be watched until the end. Developers who make adware frequently allow users to buy the commercial version of the program which does not feature ads. Adware is especially popular on applications designed for phones and tablets which generally have a constant connection to the Internet where the program can download new ads to show. Adware is similar to [[nagware]], except it guarantees the developers money, even if they don't buy the program.
  
Since the user isn't paying any money for adware, I don't have an ethical problem with it, provided the developer doesn't advertise the product as "[[freeware|free]]." Since the user is forced to watch advertisements which give the developers money, it is not a free product.
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I have an ethical problem with any adware described as [[freeware|free]] since it is actually monetized, and the users are paying for it with their time.
  
 
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Revision as of 14:45, 15 October 2019

Adware is a software distribution model where the distributed program is described as free, and has all its features available (unlike crippleware), but the user will have to watch advertisements which make the developers money. Depending on how the program is developed, the ads may occur frequently or infrequently, and they may be dismissable after a time, or must be watched until the end. Developers who make adware frequently allow users to buy the commercial version of the program which does not feature ads. Adware is especially popular on applications designed for phones and tablets which generally have a constant connection to the Internet where the program can download new ads to show. Adware is similar to nagware, except it guarantees the developers money, even if they don't buy the program.

I have an ethical problem with any adware described as free since it is actually monetized, and the users are paying for it with their time.

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