New bill aims to shine light on spyware

Thursday, 4 March 2004, 1:06 PM EST

Spyware is software that installs itself on your computer without your knowledge. It could sneak in as part of a virus or as a Trojan horse via e-mail, or piggyback onto a piece of software you agreed to download. Either way, it's typically tough to remove.

"What's very interesting is that a lot of times when people do figure out how to uninstall spyware, they usually do," said Doug Isenberg, an attorney specializing in intellectual property and Internet law. "There was a lawsuit recently over some adware, and it came out in the lawsuit that 100 million people had downloaded this particular software, unaware that there was some piggybacked adware with it, and 75 million chose to uninstall it."

By Erica Hill at CNN.

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