The crap we find in most pop up blockers (believe it or not!) Gator E-Wallet and other things.
Let me explain what spyware is. First, it is a myth to say it that spyware is made to harm your computer, though I will explain why it eventually does. It is simply a tracking tool built into another piece of software, and by itself is harmless, though arguably, an invasion of privacy as it tracks your trends to report them to various marketing statistics companies. Fine, fine, we can all do a small part to help the economy this way.
However, with about a dozen or so pieces of software on your computer infested with spyware, all trying to track and submit marketing statistics at the same time, your computer becomes slower and slower. This is the harm that it does, and for some people their computer is an annoyance to use. Programs may take a minute to open, the computer takes minutes to load, and multitasking may cause the computer to freeze. The problem of spyware became a harmful problem, I believe, in the past year when many software companies added spyware to their software around the same timeframe. It was hard not to find software without spyware.
HERE ARE THE MAIN FACTS:
Spyware can track your Internet activity.
Spyware can change your search page.
Spyware can change your homepage.
Spyware can change your "not found" page.
Spyware can slow down your computer.
Spyware installs itself within another piece of software.
Spyware is not included in all software.
Some spyware is harmless while another can take more advantage of your computer's processing capability.
It is not the end of the world to have spyware on your computer as long as you are able to delete it.
Spyware is commonly found in (some) pop-up blockers, (some) browser toolbars and (some) other addons.

Spyware is also the common cause of dreaded infinate pop-ups. This happens when you find a link, click on it, and are spammed with "Page Not Found"s. The main way, and what I believe is the best way, to delete it is to use a Swedish (it uses English, but it was made in sweden) called Ad-Aware 6.0. The program is free unless you want an internet watcher with it. It takes only a minute or two to scan and the first time I scanned, I deleted over 500 files of multiplying spyware on my c: drive!
ALL computers should get scanned at least once a week, because I find my spyware multiplies 5 times a day.
When Morikot clicked on the link for Runescape, a million popups knocked her down. She had to reboot (restart) her computer and download Ad-Aware 6.0. so she could defend herself against spyware.
by Erin Wolf The Werewolf May 19, 2004
What windows users spend their time bitching about instead of learning Linux.
If you want to get rid of/prevent spyware, and are too damn "busy" to learn some Linux, you probably should quit using default windows browsers (Internet Explorer) it is a piece of shit. Use Mozilla Firefox... Its a free web browser, that will save your life. Maybe you could even get a firewall, who knows, the possibilities are endless. Wipe your HDD if you have to, just don't spend time and money on spyware "removal" utilities
Windows user: I must be rally stupid.
Linux user: Yes you are.
For all windows users: www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/central.html
download and use that browser, its the best
by Lee November 25, 2004
Spyware is basically any piece of software that is installed in your computer without your knowledge. They can do a number of things like for example, taking over a part of your system, say your internet browser and always bring you to their site whenever you type an address. There are multiple versions of these kinda programs. Another common one keeps track of what you do online and offline and sends this information to its own company, or sells them to other companies.
Get rid of them by using Ad-aware or Spybots, found in www.download.com.
by http://zuldevil.rocks.it March 03, 2004
A Program Stealthly installed onto your computer that tracks what websites you visit, etc. Bundled With P2P Programs and various other Freeware.
Kazaa and Grokster come with loads of spyware!
by BoOchan September 20, 2003
Spyware installs itself on your computer after being contracted from a website or banner ads, where it secretly collects information about you and your computer, floods you with pop-ups, etc. Multiple instances of spyware can make your computer run about the same speed as Doom 3 on an Atari 2600. Also one of the main reasons so many people have stopped using Internet Explorer. Somewhat similar to a virus, but is rarely as damaging as one.
Oh noes! This spyware makes counter-strike run like crap!
by Anonymous January 21, 2005
Intrusive programs downloaded into your computer when you visit certain disreputable web sites. They track your web surfing preferences and can be used to corrupt your computer or to generate spam mail or even to steal your credit card information.
If you are reading this site, your computer is infected with Adserver and FastClick
by J E Walker May 02, 2003
Spyware is something on your computer that "impairs "users' control over material changes that affect their user experience, privacy or system security; use of their system resources, including what programs are installed on their computers; or collection, use and distribution of their personal or otherwise sensitive information."
That was the definition of spyware agreed on by the Anti-Spyware Coalition.
by bobie July 12, 2005
Spyware is installed without your knowing. It is able to change your homepage, give you massive porno ads, change your WALLPAPER (I know a friend that it happened to) and slow down your computer. Get rid of it using ad-aware. Also see saten, evil, geeks malware and adware
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-Spyware popup
by Jim June 21, 2004

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