Definition: Spyware is software that gathers information about your Web-surfing habits for marketing purposes. Spyware piggybacks on programs you download. Tucked away in the fine print of user agreements for many “free” downloads and services is a stipulation that the company will use spyware to monitor your Web habits for business research. For more about spyware and how to remove it from your computer, see security.ucdavis.edu/csb_spyware.cfm.

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