Talk:Getting Rid Of Spyware

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This seems to be rather windows-centric. There are some reasonable concerns for, say, Linux users. Afterall, not everyone is a coder, so the argument that one can always review the code to check for badness doesn't hold. Also, the concept of peer review is.. uh.. kindof sad in practice. Take a look at Mozilla.. some of their most heinous problems and most vocal RFE's haven't been resolved yet, and I swear I caught Mozilla tattling on me to Netscape behind my back. ->

At any rate, there are a couple of pieces of software which are specifically designed to identify spyware on a Windows system. I know that one of them resides somewhere in [GRC]. -- rack

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I don't know what you mean. Linux doesn't really have spyware issues becuase they have almost none of the desktop and most Linux users are much more aware of ghost processes.

And peer review is a sad practice? Where the hell did that issue come into play?

--frk

I'm unsure what you mean by "they have almost none of the desktop". ->
While I'd generally agree that linux users tend towards more awareness and would therefore be able to see ghost processes, ghost processes aren't necessarily generated by spyware embedded into a piece of software. There are still unaware users who install software as root, who don't look for security updates for critical applications, run unnecessary processes, etc. ->
I brought up peer review, because peer review doesn't necessarily catch spyware. Ponder, for example, how mozilla sends you to it's homepage on a clean install, even if you have your homepage explicitly set somewhere else or turned off. It does these things expressly against user desires, sending ip and version information. This is considered a feature of spyware by some. ->
Linux isn't thoroughly understood by a number of it's users enough to grasp spyware in it's own particular context. This is why I brought up the need to cover Linux more in this section. -- rack