Table: Security risk categories included in spyware or adware verdict
Standalone or the appended programs that gather personal information through the Internet and relay it back to a remote computer without the user's knowledge.
Adware might monitor browsing habits for advertising purposes. It can also deliver advertising content.
Programs that are used to gain unauthorized access to a user's computer.
For example, a keystroke logger tracks and records individual keystrokes and sends this information to a remote computer. The remote user can perform port scans or vulnerability scans. Hacking tools can also be used to create viruses.
Programs that use a computer, without the user's permission or knowledge, to dial out through the Internet to a 900 number or FTP site. These programs typically to accrue charges.
Programs that alter or interrupt the operation of a computer in a way that is intended to be humorous or bothersome.
For example, a joke program might move the Recycling Bin away from the mouse when the user tries to click on it.
Remote access programs
Programs that let a remote user gain access to a computer over the Internet to gain information, attack, or alter the host computer.
The Standalone programs that can secretly monitor system activity. These programs can and detect passwords and other confidential information and then relay the information back to a remote computer.