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spyware

unauthorized software installed on a computer without the user’s knowledge that transmits information about the Internet activities of the user
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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.
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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
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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.
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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"
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spyware

[ˈspaɪwɛər] n (COMPUTING)logiciel m espion
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References in periodicals archive ?
(14) Besides the term "spyware," other potentially less familiar terms include "adware," (15) "pestware," (16) "malware" (17) "fedware," (18) "policeware," (19) "greyware," (20) "stealware," (21) "scumware," (22) "snoopware," (23) and even "iMalware." (24) Many of these terms overlap as well.