The average computer is packed with hidden software that can secretly spy on online habits, a study has found.

The US net provider EarthLink said it uncovered an average of 28 spyware programs on each PC scanned during the first three months of the year.

Spyware is a broad term for programs that hide on a person’s computer without their knowledge.

It has become so pervasive that lawmakers in the US are looking into ways to prevent or regulate it.

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