a. The delivery mechanism is unaware that it contains spyware.
b. Spyware installs without the user's knowledge.
c. Not all spyware is malicious.
d. Spyware replicates itself.
Answer from Separating 'bad' spyware from 'good':
Like other AV firms that have plunged into the antispyware business, Symantec has found this nuisance is harder to tackle than the average worm or virus. All worms and viruses are considered bad. Not so with spyware. (Read the rest of this article.)
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This was first published in May 2005