spy ware

spyware

[spahy-wair]
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.

Origin:
spy + -ware

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spyware (ˈspaɪˌwɛə)
 
n
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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