Ok,, some of the information in this thread is just absolutely ridiculous and over paranoia.
1.) Applications like CCLeaner are not phoning home to track your usage. Therefore it IS NOT Spyware.
Prove it otherwise.
2.) No, not everything that does do a phone home for the purpose of checking for an update is considered Spyware. You are trying to change the definition, it's not going to work.
Spyware is software that phones home your usage habits of many things. Which is the sole purpose of Spyware. Spyware - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
While the term spyware
suggests software that secretly monitors the user's computing, the functions of spyware extend well beyond simple monitoring. Spyware programs can collect various types of personal information
, such as Internet surfing habits and sites that have been visited, but can also interfere with user control of the computer in other ways, such as installing additional software and redirecting Web browser
activity. Spyware is known to change computer settings, resulting in slow connection speeds, different home pages, and/or loss of Internet
connection or functionality of other programs. In an attempt to increase the understanding of spyware, a more formal classification of its included software types is provided by the term privacy-invasive software
No, not everything is a threat. No matter how much someone wants to try and say so, it just plain isn't.
Anti-Virus software primary function is not there to tell you WHEN you get infected.
It's primary purpose is to prevent infection.
Telling you, you are infected is a Secondary function.
There is no software AV or Firewall suite that is going to protect you 100%, not even Sandboxie.
If you are having to use all that just to stay clean for any length of time, you need to change your surfing habits.