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Old 02-25-2003, 11:36 AM   #1
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Finding Adware and Spyware on your OS?


Does anyone know any good websites where I could learn how to spot adware or Spyware on my OS and remove it? I know these things can sometimes be well hidden and I try not to Download too much stuff because I'm always worried about this.
 
Old 02-25-2003, 11:45 AM   #2
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what OS are you talking about? If micro$oft, go here http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ . Ad-aware is pretty good. I don't know if there is a linux comperable program, but I don't think there is much need for one. I've never worried about spyware or adware on my linux machine.
 
Old 02-25-2003, 11:51 AM   #3
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It'd be interesting to know if anyone had found commercial spy-ware in linux (like the stuff Adaware removes in MS)...I mean, the only adware I can think of is Opera, but I don't think it qualifies as spyware.
 
Old 02-25-2003, 11:57 AM   #4
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I'm talking about various OS's. Microsoft stuff and Linux. Is there a way to find these things without buying or downloading a program?
 
Old 02-25-2003, 11:58 AM   #5
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I'm not really worried too much about adware...spyware though is a different story.
 
Old 02-25-2003, 12:02 PM   #6
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Well AdAware is free. There is a pro version you can buy, but the free version works quite well imho.

As for linux, I'm in the dark.
 
Old 02-25-2003, 01:24 PM   #7
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For Windows, use AdAware. As for linux, well, there is no program to remove spyware because there is no spyware made for linux! What you are asking for is tantamount for asking for antivirus software for linux, or asking for a disk defrag program for linux.


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Old 02-25-2003, 01:34 PM   #8
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Originally posted by carrja99
...As for linux, well, there is no program to remove spyware because there is no spyware made for linux! What you are asking for is tantamount for asking for antivirus software for linux, or asking for a disk defrag program for linux.
I'm not certain if you're trying to sound harsh or not...maybe I'm too sensitive sorry...

However, the original question is a valid one and not at all like asking for a defrag program in linux (No comment on the anti-virus software tho) because while most code is open source, it doesn't preclude commercial (or non) trojan-like spyware programs...its not impossible in linux especially if an installed app runs setuid...You make it sound like it could NEVER happen (ie: defrag isn't necessary because of the nature of the filesystem...).

at least that's what I'm thinking, if I'm wrong then I need to learn more, but that's what I'm hanging out here for...
 
Old 02-25-2003, 02:52 PM   #9
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Thanks guys
 
Old 02-25-2003, 07:33 PM   #10
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Sorry if I sounded harsh, it's just I saw it as a ridiculous. Making a spyware program for linux is just plain ridiculous for several reasons. One reason being that since a great minority uses Linux, it makes no sense for them to try to market toward them, especially since Linux users tend to be freedom nuts.

Another reason is that most spyware installs itself without your permission, or slips itself by you. I've yet to see a program do this yet, and I doubt anyone intelligent would...

Code:
gunzip gator.tar.gz
tar xvf gator.tar
cd gator
./configure
make
make install
make clean 
./gator
 
Old 02-25-2003, 08:10 PM   #11
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Sorry if I sounded harsh, it's just I saw it as a ridiculous. Making a spyware program for linux is just plain ridiculous for several reasons. One reason being that since a great minority uses Linux, it makes no sense for them to try to market toward them, especially since Linux users tend to be freedom nuts.

Another reason is that most spyware installs itself without your permission, or slips itself by you. I've yet to see a program do this yet, and I doubt anyone intelligent would...
Well yeah, you have a point, I definitely agree its unlikely and I'd even go as far as saying that it would be almost (note: *almost*) impossible to do for very long with a program with open source. (wasn't there a gcc trojan exploit a while back? Details elude me...)

However, it could very well be done with binaries, and I'd even go to say that one of the "bad" results we'll see once linux has even more desktop/business acceptance is the fact that someone will try (I'll take it as a sign that linux has gone mainstream LOL).

Let's face it, there's always a few jerks who want to piss in the koolaid.
 
Old 02-26-2003, 02:44 AM   #12
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code:
gunzip gator.tar.gz
tar xvf gator.tar
cd gator
./configure
make
make install
make clean
./gator
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
ROFL

that has to be one of the funniest things I have read in a while .

1 linux is relly secure on the user permission side and carrja99 in right linux is still a very small minority of computer users out there.

2 the only thing you would ever worry is some one hacking your box *ping flood DDoS DoS ect......* and that is alll in firewalls and servers.

3 I think your safe so it is not a need to worrry but if you still wounder look at building a firewall of your own and be smart about the type of information you put on your computer.
 
  


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