Part of the Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science book series (UTICS)


Spyware is the general name of an entire range of nasty software that monitors the users’ activities, collects information such as keystrokes, screen images, and file directories, and either saves this information or sends it to a remote location without the knowledge or consent of the computer owner.

Spyware has become one of the biggest headaches in computer security. Users who are wizards at avoiding virus-riddled email and always install the latest updates of the operating system are finding to their surprise that in spite of all their efforts their computers are loaded with spyware. And what makes this problem worse is that most spyware is particularly tricky to get rid of.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Science Dept.California State University, NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA

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