[ubuntu-studio-devel] How wide spread is Linux spyware?

lukefromdc at hushmail.com lukefromdc at hushmail.com
Sat Jul 11 22:16:49 UTC 2015

The issue he reported came from "safebrowsing" setting a Google "prefs"
cookie that could not be individually deleted. It can be deleted by deleting
ALL cookies, returns on next use of the browser with "safebrowsing" 

The "prefs" cookie gets special handling, you have to  delete ALL cookies to
force making a new cookie databse without it. The individual cookie
deletion system does NOT delete the Google "prefs" cookie. I never see that
cookie with my setup, but I've gone through about/config disabling a hell of
a lot of stuff. 

Go into about:config. search "safebrowsing" and disable everything, blank
out all URL's just to be safe. Then delete all cookies. Let me know if starting 
with a default Firefox you still get the Google "prefs" cookie after this.

On 7/11/2015 at 3:28 PM, "Ralf Mardorf" <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net> wrote:
>On Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:02:58 -0400, lukefromdc at hushmail.com wrote:
>>4: go to about: config, enter the names "google"  "facebook" and
>>"twitter" and delete all URL's except for any blacklists you may 
>I don't remember what to disable in about:config at the moment, but
>disabling "block reported attack sites" and "block reported web
>forgeries" in the preferences and deleting URLs in about:config 
>enough. I know somebody who tested Firefox regarding recurring 
>issues. Likely I'll forget to ask him, but I try to keep it in 
>On Sat, 11 Jul 2015 14:04:20 -0400, lukefromdc at hushmail.com wrote:
>>Thanks for the update about Ardour. That tells me never to 
>install it
>>in a network-connected machine.
>>>On Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:03:13 -0700 (PDT), Len Ovens wrote:
>>>>I do not know how intrusive it is, but Ardour checks for new 
>>>>I do not know if this is just the ardour.org binaries or the
>>>>debian/ubuntu versions as well.
>I also try to remember this and next time a new version is 
>provided by
>Arch, I will not upgrade and run Ardour4 to see if Ardour build 
>source does also check for upgrades. Arch likely more often will 
>Ardour than Ubuntu does.
>At the moment both distros use the same version.
>"Package: ardour3 (4.1~dfsg-1)" -
>Arch Linux (rolling release that follows upstream)
>$ pacman -Q ardour2 ardour
>ardour2 2.8.16-1
>ardour 4.1-1
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