software as in computer software
wares - An immaterial asset or benefit, such as a service or personal accomplishment, regarded as an article of commerce. ( typically a generic term for any number of items in a store's available merchandise )
The generic term warez (pronounced as "wares" with a z instead of s) denotes any of a number of illegal material that is distributed without the owner's consent (note; the owner of software is always the company, not the user) including but not limited to: software, games, music, eBooks, movies, emulator ROM files, etc.
note: category subdivided into such things as Gamez, Appz, Mp3z, etc
I was downloading some warez the other day and I found this virus in one.. ;)
also, 'warez' is one word, it isn't 'WAR-ez'.
fbi: oh shi-