spyware

noun spy·ware \ ˈspī-ˌwer \
Updated on: 6 Nov 2017

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

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First Known Use of spyware

1994

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SPYWARE Defined for English Language Learners

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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