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Windows 7: Flash Cookies – Spyware By Any Other Name

04 Sep 2011   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Flash Cookies – Spyware By Any Other Name


I first wrote on the issue of Flash cookies back in September 2009, and since then, I’ve watched as these obnoxious web trackers and privacy invaders multiply like a virus. Based on the number of questions I continue to get on the Flash cookie issue, it’s apparent – confusion reigns when it comes to this underhanded privacy threat.

One of the better forum comments I’ve seen referencing Flash cookies:

“I think many people may not realize how serious it is. In many ways, I see it as the virtual equivalent of dumpster diving or taping together a shredded document. It is deliberately ignoring a data owners deletion of data by an entity that has no business doing so.”
Flash Cookies – Spyware By Any Other Name | Bill Mullins' Weblog – Tech Thoughts

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04 Sep 2011   #2

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

I noticed that article spoke of ways to deal with the cookies with Firefox and Chrome, but not Opera. Therefore I Googled the subject and found one person who said that running Ccleaner dealt with the problem. It definitely listed the flash player in the applications it analyzed, but didn't specifically say what it was cleaning. Is Ccleaner sufficient?
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04 Sep 2011   #3

7 ultimate x64

You can delete everything through the Control Panel applet of Adobe Flash in version 10.3 and above afaik.
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