Originally posted by Dave K.
What Spyware/Adware software is included with the Mac OS X version (NEO)?
Neo is not
a Mac OS X version of Kazaa. Therefore, it does not have all the spyware that Kazaa has. In the post that you quoted, I ws referring to the Windows version of Kazaa.
From Neo's home page, emphasis mine:
Neo is not a real Kazaa client, and never will be; the company in charge of the FastTrack (Kazaa) network won't allow third parties access to their encrypted protocol.
What *does* it do then?
Neo uses a brute-force method to find Kazaa hosts. Given a user-defined IP address range, Neo will scan that portion of the Internet, looking for computers that respond on Kazaa's port. These IP ranges can become very large, and therefore take a considerable amount of time to scan. A range of 65,025 computer, such as 128.211.xx.xx currently takes about an hour or two. When a Kazaa host is found, Neo gets a list of all the shared files and their filesizes. Neo then writes this information to disk, and it is the content that Neo actually searches through. It is neccessary to scan and index hosts before you can search and download files with Neo.
That is why I cannot consider Neo a Kazaa client. In fact, flooding the network with scans like this is considered EXTREMELY bad etiquette and in some cases may even get you a letter from you ISP.