Definition of spyware in English:


Line breaks: spy|ware
Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪwɛː


[mass noun]
  • Software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another’s computer activities by transmitting data covertly from their hard drive.
    More example sentences
    • Criminals who infect computers with spyware can be jailed for up to five years under the bill.
    • They just tell you that you have spyware on your computer, and leave it up to you to figure out how to remove it.
    • These plans included better protection against spyware and spam.

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