Definition of spyware
: software that is installed in a computer without the user's knowledge and transmits information about the user's computer activities over the Internet
Recent Examples of spyware from the Web
Many law enforcement agencies purchased the software in batches of 5,000 copies—and in one case a department bought 43,000 copies of the spyware—and used asset-forfeiture money to make the purchases.
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First Known Use of spyware
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Definition of spyware for English Language Learners
: computer software that secretly records information about the way you use your computer
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