Tuesday, July 12, 2005

What is spyware?

ANICK JESDANUN, AP Internet Writer

NEW YORK - Anti-spyware vendors and consumer groups took a stab at issuing uniform definitions for "spyware" and "adware" on Tuesday in hopes of giving computer users more control over their machines.

The definitions seek clarity that could help improve anti-spyware products, educate consumers and fend off lawsuits from developers of software that sneaks onto computers.

You would think it would be obvious; but when you start defining anything you realize it isn’t so easy.

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