Meaning of “spyware” in the English Dictionary

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"spyware" in British English

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spywarenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈspaɪ.weər/ us /ˈspaɪ.wer/

software that collects information about how someone uses the internet, or personal information such as passwords, without the user knowing about it

(Definition of “spyware” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spyware" in American English

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spywarenoun [ U ]

us /ˈspɑɪˌweər/

a program that is put on a computer that is connected to the internet without the knowledge of the user and that gathers information about the user:

Viruses are bad, and spyware is even worse.

(Definition of “spyware” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"spyware" in Business English

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spywarenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈspaɪweər/ us /-wer/ 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.

(Definition of “spyware” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)