Meaning of “spyware” in the English Dictionary

"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)