Software that has been illegally copied and made available.
- ‘Usenet sites that exist solely for the swapping of copyrighted movies and software (so-called warez sites) have existed for ten years with nary a peep from the establishment.’
- ‘As it is, people download warez versions of games because the prices are ridiculous.’
- ‘Frequently it is used in warez (illegally copied software), but obviously not limited to that.’
- ‘The Business Software Alliance shut down 118 UK warez (pirate software) sites between January and September 2001.’
1990s: respelling of wares.