spyware

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spy·ware

 (spī′wâr′)
n.
1. Software that secretly gathers information about a person or organization.
2. Any malicious software that is designed to take partial or full control of a computer's operation without the knowledge of its user.

spyware

(ˈspaɪˌwɛə)
n
(Computer Science) computing software installed via the internet on a computer without the user's knowledge and used to send information about the user to another computer

spyware

Any software that gathers information about a user as they navigate around the Internet. Spyware is typically installed on a computer without the user’s knowledge or consent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spyware - computer software that obtains information from a user's computer without the user's knowledge or consent
software, software package, software program, software system, computer software, package - (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory; "the market for software is expected to expand"
Translations
espiogiciel

spyware

[ˈspaɪwɛər] n (COMPUTING)logiciel m espion
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