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Snake oil

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Snake oil might refer to:
The real deal
  • Genuine snake lipid in liquid (oil) form used in traditional herbal treatments, such as Chinese medicine
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Patent medicines, some of which were once marketed as "snake oil"
  • Woo of any kind
  • Computer security software of questionable efficacy, especially "Personal FirewallWikipedia's W.svg" and sometimes "Anti-VirusWikipedia's W.svg" programs, which may provide the user with a false sense of security while actually increasing the system's complexity and hence risk introducing additional attack vectors.
  • Karl Rove
  • Somebody who has consumed too much snake oil for their own good is known as a Kool-Aid drinker.