From ITS Wiki - Information Technology Services - University of Rhode Island
This page is part of a category. To see more pages like this, go to the Malware index.
Spyware is software designed to secretly gather information about a user, and is typically bundled with freeware applications that report the gathered information back to the creator. Adware is very similar, but can also display unwanted advertisements in an application, through pop-ups, or throughout the entire system.