Spyware is not like a nosy neighbor...
Remember television show about nosy neighbor Mrs. Kravitz always peeking out her window or over fence, sometimes even knocking on door just to find out what was going on in her neighborhood? If you don't wait a month or so and DVD or movie will be out. Let's move on.
Spyware is not anything like Mrs. Kravitz, it won't knock on door and ask permission to be downloaded to your computer and look at your personal files. It will slip onto your computer without you knowing what's going on while you browse Internet, check your email or just leave your computer connected to broadband connection. Don't go yanking that Internet connection yet, there is an easier way to prevent this from happening.
Understand that spyware is just that - software spying on your computer without permission and without your knowledge. Unfortunately for everyone a lot of people are using it and try to jsutify that it's okay. I just want to know that if it's okay, them why don't you just ask me to tell you - no I don't want my information, shopping habits, sites I've searched for information or anything else on my computer being sent to you to use anyway you see fit. I have a problem with that and so does rest of world, which is one of reasons why spyware exists.