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Definition of spyware

spyware

noun - uncountable

  • software that lets third parties monitor a user's activities and personal data. From "spy" + "software".
    Your computer is so full of spyware that you need to reinstall the OS.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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