what is spyware and how do you get it?

I would like to know what spyware is and do you get it from the internet and what is it used for?
LorieAsked:
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LeeTutorConnect With a Mentor retiredCommented:
Whoops, that url doesn't work anymore.  Try this one instead:

http://grc.com/oo/spyware.htm
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
It is used by various companies to spy on YOUR internet activity, so they can target their ads and junk mail to your interests.  You get it along with various software that you download off the internet.  You can go to this url to see a list of software that installs it on your computer, and to check if you already have it:

http:\\www.spyware.com
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
And here's another one, which gives you more info:

http://www.spychecker.com/spyware.html
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LorieAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.  It told me everything I wanted to know.
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LorieAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.  It told me everything I wanted to know.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Good, so are you going to award the points by choosing one of my comments as answer?
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kryticalCommented:
http://download.com.com/3000-2094-10045910.html?legacy=cnet

Ad-Aware is a nice tool that will help you to rid your system of spyware too. Free download at CNET
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LorieAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.  It told me everything I wanted to know.
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LorieAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info.  It told me everything I wanted to know.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Lorie, I see that you asked one other question today, and awarded the points there.  Have you forgotten how? You choose one of the comments, click on the button Accept as Answer, choose a Grade, add a comment if you wish, hit the Submit button.  Also, you seem to be clicking your browser refresh button after the acknowledgement from Experts-Exchange after sending a comment; this only resends the comment.  You need to click on the link at the top right of the page for Reload Question, instead.
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