an·​ti·​spy·​ware ¦an-tī-¦spī-ˌwer How to pronounce antispyware (audio)
variants or anti-spyware
: relating to or being software designed to detect and remove spyware
Both antivirus and antispyware software require regular patching with the current signature files in order to remain effective.Eric Seagren, Secure Your Network for Free, 2007
antispyware noun
or anti-spyware
Jan should scan her computer for viruses, worms, and spyware using antivirus software and antispyware. Kenneth Baldauf and Ralph Stair, Succeeding with Technology, 2010

Word History


anti- entry 1 + spyware

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antispyware was in 2000

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“Antispyware.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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