Spyware is a generic term typically describing software whose purpose is to collect demographic and usage information from your computer, usually for advertising purposes. The term is also used to describe software that ’sneaks’ onto the system or performs other activities hidden to the user. Spyware apps are usually bundled as a hidden component in mis-labeled “freeware” and shareware applications downloaded from the Internet—a spyware module may be active on your computer at this moment without your knowledge. These modules are almost always installed on the system secretively, suggesting that spyware companies know how users feel about such software and figure that the best/only way to ensure its widespread use is to prevent the end-user from discovering it.
How did you get Spyware?
Spyware is installed “piggy backed” along with popular programs such as KaZaA, GrokSter, iMesh, Opera and others. The reason they do this is because the Spyware companies pay P2P companies like KaZaA for every install of the Spyware onto a users computer.
Silent background use of an Internet “backchannel” connection MUST BE PRECEDED by a complete and truthful disclosure of proposed backchannel usage, followed by the receipt of explicit, informed, consent for such use.
ANY SOFTWARE communicating across the Internet absent these elements is guilty of information theft and is properly and rightfully termed: Spyware