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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The report will contain infection information if spyware was extracted from any workstation, specifics on which spyware was found, and the rate of infection.
During the second quarter of 2006, Webroot researchers found that 89 percent of consumer PCs were infected with an average of 30 pieces of spyware--a slight increase from the first quarter of 2006 when infection rates returned to alarmingly high levels after a supposed lull in spyware infections during the second half of 2005.
Utilizing a real-time inspection engine, Mi5 Enterprise Spygate(TM) appliances scan network traffic on-the-fly and incorporate a multi-layer defense that provides the most accurate and comprehensive protection against spyware at the gateway.
Spyware is a classic example of a blended threat that can enter a network through multiple points including e-mail, Web browsing, instant messenger and peer-to-peer networks.
Through its lab, Blue Coat has scanned more than eight million unique Web pages for new forms of spyware to block.
Spyware Defense works on single computers or local area networks.
Webroot revealed a significant increase in the number of corporate spyware incidents reported, with a 19% increase in the last quarter.
The report finds dramatic increases in the number of reported corporate spyware incidents as well as an alarming rise in the amount of spyware on corporate machines - a 19% increase during the last quarter alone - and in the sophistication with which spyware invades a PC, eludes detection and removal efforts, and then communicates information from its target to third parties.
Spyware is at the top of the List of IT security threats.
Most often, unscrupulous advertisers use spyware to gather information about which Web pages you visit and what you buy online.
Add virus and spyware protection and be vigilant about keeping them updated.
Spyware can track your surfing habits, abuse your Internet connection by sending confidential data to a third party, profile your shopping preferences and alter important system files.