Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by irnux, May 31, 2005.
Can any one plz tell me what is the difference between Spyware/Riskware/Adware ?
It all depends on how it's being used
technically spyware is a program that sends information back to it's controlling server and adware causes advertising on your computer, but frequently both happen so people call it all the same
Adawre & spyware tend to be interchangeable in use in the real world and riskware are programs that MIGHT have a legitimate use but can also be used for dodgy purposes
also riskware can be used in cases of programs that download other unwanted programs so riskware is often being used as a general term to cover ALL adware/spyware/ diallers/ trojans/backdooors etc
Separate names with a comma.