Does that EULA let them install spyware on your system?

runs on Windows
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In this litigious world, nothing is simple. There are rules for everything and warnings for everything else. "Be careful" the coffee cup warns us, "this cup of hot coffee is hot." Ya' think?

If you've ever bought shrinkwrapped software, or downloaded an app from a website, or even joined an online service, then you're familiar with the acronym "EULA", the dreaded End User License Agreement. It's that thing that you're supposed to read, but usually just blast on by on the way to using your new acquisition. Many of them are just a formality, reminding you that if the app blows up and eats your data (or your system) that it's not their fault. Others have a lot more meat. The ones that allow their publishers to put spyware on your system, for example, or to trap user info and data that you generate in conjunction with their use. Bet you wished you'd read that one, huh?

You know you really should read these things, but you just can't stand the thought. Maybe EULAlyzer can give you a hand. Run the agreement past this tool and it will point out items and conditions that are likely to be of interest to you. While they're not giving legal advice, what they are doing is looking for key terms and phrases that you probably want to pay attention to. Additionally, you can save your license agreements for future reference, if you ever want to double-check on specific terms.

EULAlyzer is a Windows app. It 's free for personal or educational use, and runs on systems using Windows 2000 up through Windows 7.

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4 Responses to “Does that EULA let them install spyware on your system?”

  1. I think it Depends on your computer license agreement.

  2. GeekCSI says:

    Nifty software. I read through their EULA, found nothing amiss. Then ran their EULA through the app to get a feel for it. Great for a quick analysis. Points out things you REALLY might want to read. Keeper, will be recommending on my website. Thank you.

  3. Dick Hazeleger says:

    A well known program from Javacool,, the maker of SpywareBlaster, and a very neat tool to analyze these pesky EULAs., I think I may safely say that in the past JavaCool’s nifty programs have highly contributed in the battle against spyware. I feel that this had to be said after all this time.

    What in heaven’s name a computer license agreement has to do with it beats me!

  4. Sunshine Kid says:

    I don’t fall for the EULA requirments. If I did, I’d have no software at all on my computer. I use the software for myself, I do not share it illegally, and if they try to spy on my computer, they have a problem with my firewall, because I let nothing out I don’t want to share. And my spyware, antivirus and fireawall programs seem to catch all spyware and trojans and eliminates them.

    My opinions of software developers who create spyware are that they are turds and should be treated as such.