|I received the following from acesoft.net "Counterspy thinks everything with a "spy" in the name is spyware. It's not true. Our Super Winspy just lets you find out what has been done on your computer, you installed it yourself, this is much different from spyware.|
Well, if the user himself has installed it to see what he has done, then its not spyware (but who would want to do that now?)
If its installed on a PC where no all users are aware of its existance, like for example your spouse, room-mate, shared comps, then it *does* amount to spyware.
The only difference being, the spyware we so often talk about that come from 'those sites' send out info to someone / something that is remote, while in this case its just that the person who gets the comp usage info is someone the user knows.
in anycase, info that is extracted without the user knowing amounts to spying and such warez / utilities can be called spyware.
Testing a A64 3000+, 1 GB