Is this spyware?

Can someone please tell me if the following items listed are considered spyware and if so what negative effects they have on a machine?  No long narratives neccessary just quick bites like "redirector". "pop-ups", "resource hogs" etc.

Smiley Central
Mywebsearch
precision time
weather bug
side show
gator

I just started working at new location and all machines have these programs installed.  Of course all the users are admins of thier XP machines and before I remove these priveleges I need some good talking points as to why.  Thanks.
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MorphinDragonConnect With a Mentor Commented:

 All programs you listed are no good. You will need to download Adware Away to remove MyWebSearch. Ad-aware will remove Gator, side show, and precision time. You will need to remove WeatherBug and SmileyCentral from your Add\Remove programs. I hope this works for you. Good luck.
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
gator - yes definately, to be best used some simple free scanning as if theres one on there will be more :)

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jvuzCommented:
PeteLong gave the correct software. If you install Adaware and Spybot, make sure you install also the updates.
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
:) afternoon jvuz :)
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RohnishCommented:
I have a nickname for spyware... and that is GATOR.

Get your hands on Giant Anti spyware, its even better than Bulletproof's BPS!
Dont even look at Adaware!

to all the Adaware fans out there... try reading before you click "I AGREE".... only then will i listen to you if you try to convince me otherwise.
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