Is adware a type of spyware?

Is adware a type of spyware?

Spyware is classified as a type of malware — malicious software designed to gain access to or damage your computer, often without your knowledge. Spyware gathers your personal information and relays it to advertisers, data firms, or external users. Spyware is used for many purposes.

What does adware spyware do to your computer?

Generally speaking, adware is a program that installs an additional component that feeds advertising to your computer, often by delivering pop-up ads or by installing a toolbar in your browser. Some adware may hijack your browser start or search pages, redirecting you to sites other than intended.

What is an example of adware?

Some examples include pop-up ads or unclosable windows. Adware can find its way onto computers via infected websites through an unauthorized installation. Adware that tracks a computer user's activities without their consent or knowledge and then reports that data to the software's creator is known as "spyware."