Do you Know — The Difference Between Adware and Spyware

Friday Dec 3rd 2004 by Vangie Beal
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You hear the terms adware and spyware a lot, but what do they mean and why should you care?

As technology advances and more people come to rely on the Internet for information, leisure and business, keeping your computer free of advertising is a daunting task.

Spyware and adware, while not technically in either the virus or spam category, are a growing concern for Internet users. At various times these programs may invade your privacy, contain malicious code, and are — at the very least — a nuisance to anyone using an Internet-connected computer

Adware
Programs, games or utilities can be designed and distributed as freeware. Sometimes freeware blocks features and functions of the software until you pay to register it.

Today a growing number of software developers offer their goods as "sponsored" freeware until you pay to register. Generally most or all features of the freeware are enabled but you have to look at sponsored advertisements