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Slimeware is slang term used to describe harmful adware that threatens computer security under the guise of software updates. Slimeware often automatically downloads more adware without user intervention or knowledge. This slows down the PC as resources are used by the slimeware and also exposes the user to security threats.
This term was coined by Google.
Online advertisers that use slimeware are often considered anti-spyware circumvention experts. To prevent and combat slimeware, common sense applies -- experts recommend downloading and using anti-spyware applications along with standard anti-virus software.