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Yeah, cookies are all that I know of that you can get in Linux. If people inside the Linux community started worrying about making viruses and adware for Linux then nothing would ever get done with Linux. The thing is, most people, such as me, that work with Linux see no reason to make viruses for it or adware because there are so many other things to do with it that are much better.
I don't know about spyware but,I do know about LKM trojans and DOS servers and annoying local progs.it is better if we say virus!I have met with a few annoying viruses in Linux,but it is not really like in windoze crap do be careful what you install to your box!and always try to compile or make from the source!don't excute the ready come binary!and look at the program where it comes from?the most important there should be in every box a very useful prog called checkrootkit,install this program and run it regrualry in your box