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spyware

[spahy-wair] /ˈspaɪˌwɛər/
noun
1.
Computers. software that is installed surreptitiously and gathers information about an Internet user's browsing habits, intercepts the user's personal data, etc., transmitting this information to a third party:
a parent's use of spyware to monitor a child's online activities.
2.
tools that are used to conduct espionage:
The nation's sophisticated spyware rivals that of the CIA.
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British Dictionary definitions for spy ware

spyware

/ˈspaɪˌwɛə/
noun
1.
(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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Word Origin and History for spy ware

spyware

n.

by 2000, from spy + ending from software in the computer sense.

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