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Old 03-28-2004, 02:45 PM   #1
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What is the Linux equivalent of ADaware?

Ad aware is a free distributed Swedish program from Lavasoft that does a descent job at cleansing a Windows system of spyware when ran.
Old 03-28-2004, 02:52 PM   #2
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I have not heard of any spyware removal software for Linux yet. But on the other hand, there is very little spyware for Linux - spyware is written for the Windows only since it has a greater market share. Also if you are running as a user when you browse, there is not much that a malicious program can do. You might want to check your cookie settings when webbrowsing. Have you had any problems with spyware on linux yourself?
Old 03-28-2004, 03:17 PM   #3
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The worst stuff that adware normally cleans out is changed registry keys, and since there is no registry in linux that's not a problem... I normally just clean out my cookies by hand every so often, it's always useful to keep the ones for logging into the sites you go to all the time (like LQ ) and I just delete the rest.
Old 03-28-2004, 03:21 PM   #4
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Ad ware is usually connected to "freeware" under windows. And since most Linux programs I know are opensource, I really don't think there is much ad ware.
Old 03-28-2004, 03:27 PM   #5
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I think if anyone found any such animal in Linux, it would be quickly reported to the community.

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