spyware UK US /ˈspaɪweər/ US  /-wer/ noun [U] IT, INTERNET
software that is designed to collect information about how someone uses the internet, or personal information such as passwords, without the user knowing about it: »

Scan all the files that you download for viruses and spyware prior to installing them on your system.


spyware programs/protection

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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