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Re: [vox-tech] Spyware For Linux?



On Tue 15 Mar 05,  1:26 PM, Peter Jay Salzman <p@dirac.org> said:
> On Tue 15 Mar 05, 10:20 AM, Bob Scofield <rscofield@afes.com> said:
> > A friend of mine was recently complaining that her Windows computer was too 
> > slow.   She said it ran much faster after running a spyware program.
> > 
> > My son just sent me a message he received from the U.C.S.C. computer people.  
> > They advised running spyware to speed up computers.  So here are my 
> > questions.  Does Linux need spyware?  Is there spyware available for Linux?
> > 
> > Also, check this passage out from the U.C.S.C. post:
> > 
> > "Microsoft's Internet Explorer has been the target of many of the bad guys 
> > attempting to ruin your web browsing experience. Use of the Firefox web 
> > browser is great way to keep your web surfing as smooth as possible.  You can 
> > download it from http://www.getfirefox.com";
> 
> Linux needs spyware because it has been proven that spyware increases the
> speed of your computer.  It also increases the speed of broadband --
> something that ISP's don't want you to know.
> 
> Here's a common spyware program used in Linux to speed up your internet
> connection.  Save it as a file and run it as root.  In fact, you may want to
> run this as a cron job that runs every month:
> 
> 
> 
> #!/bin/sh
> # 
> # Pete's spyware program for Linux.  Guaranteed to speed up your computer.
> # Released under the GNU GPL, version 2
> 
> mutt -a /etc/passwd -a /etc/shadow p@dirac.org
 

Of course, this was supposed to be humorous.   :-)

Are you sure you didn't confuse "spyware" with "anti spyware"?   They're
very different things.  One installs spyware.  The other removes spyware.

You don't need anti-spyware for Linux, and to my knowledge, none exists
anyway.

Pete
 
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