About Malvertising

Malware = Malicious Software

The term "malware," derived from "malicious software," refers to any software specifically designed to harm a computer or the software it's running. Because malware can potentially steal sensitive information like credit card numbers or passwords from your computer, send fake emails from your email account, and more, it is often referred to as "crimeware."

Malware can be installed on a computer, with or without your knowledge, in a number of ways—usually when you visit a contaminated website or download seemingly innocent software. It can also be designed to infect your internet browser(s) via silent extensions and/or add-ons. 

Malvertising = Malware + Advertising

Some cyber-criminals attempt to utilize display advertising to distribute several forms of malware. Possible vectors of attack include 
malicious code hidden within an ad creative (such as a swf file), executables embedded on a webpage, or bundled within software downloads. 

Ad networks vary in their responses to malvertising incidents. 
At Google, the Anti-Malveritsing Team studies malware distribution and works closely with the security community to identify compromises and vulnerabilities on the web, sharing that information more broadly as the industry evolves. This stems directly from Google's security philosophy: we believe that if we all work together to identify threats and stamp them out, we can make the web a safer place for everyone.