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Windows 7: Tracking cookies

25 May 2010   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
Tracking cookies

On the systems where I use MSE, I notice a big influx of tracking cookies. That is not the case on the systems with NIS. I have no idea where those buggers come from because I am 80% on the forum page and occasionally I go to some other technical website to research information.
Every morning I run SAS and it finds 12 to 35 of those buggers. Questions:

1. Could they be coming from the forum
2. Why with MSE and not with NIS
3. Is it possible that SAS "invents" them

Here is the situation after a couple of hours on the forum with 3 or 4 visits to some technical websites:




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25 May 2010   #2
Nem

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1, Archlinux x86_64. Elementary Luna
 
 

Doesn't NIS automatically delete tracking cookies after scanning/cleaning?..
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25 May 2010   #3

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nem View Post
Doesn't NIS automatically delete tracking cookies after scanning/cleaning?..
By default, it asks you what to do. You can set it to ignore, ask or automatically delete tracking cookies.

A simple way of reducing the tracking cookies you get is to set your browser to not accept 3rd party cookies.
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25 May 2010   #4
Nem

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1, Archlinux x86_64. Elementary Luna
 
 

Yeah was just wondering as maybe that's the reason he has them with MSE and not NIS.
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25 May 2010   #5
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
On the systems where I use MSE, I notice a big influx of tracking cookies. That is not the case on the systems with NIS. I have no idea where those buggers come from because I am 80% on the forum page and occasionally I go to some other technical website to research information.
Every morning I run SAS and it finds 12 to 35 of those buggers. Questions:

1. Could they be coming from the forum
2. Why with MSE and not with NIS
3. Is it possible that SAS "invents" them
whs,
My surfing habits are similar to yours.
I run SuperAntiSpyware Pro, update daily, & scan when offline.
SAS has never found a tracking cookie here.
I would suggest that SF is not responsible for the cookies found on your computer.
On logging out of SF a message is always received saying "All cookies cleared!
As for SAS "inventing" them, I think highly unlikely.
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25 May 2010   #6

Arch Linux 64-bit
 
 

Like JMH types, it is not likely that one and three are true.

If you want to check whether Norton has removed tracking cookies you can look in 'Resolved Security Risks' in Norton's history. You should already know, though, as Norton is a pain and will pop-up red claiming security risks have been found and fixed even though it has only found tracking cookies.
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25 May 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Wolfgang,

Could you post the name of the cookie files? This will help ID who they may belong to.

These are the ones from us at VF, EF, and SF:
Tracking cookies-cookies.jpg


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26 May 2010   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks everybody. Next time I catch them I will try to find their real names in the Roaming folder-
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29 May 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is a selection of those buggers. I really wonder from where they come:

Adware.Tracking Cookie
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@mediaplex[2].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@cdn.at.atwola[2].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@atwola[2].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@ad.yieldmanager[3].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@bluestreak[2].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@serving-sys[2].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@doubleclick[2].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@ar.atwola[3].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@at.atwola[1].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@apmebf[3].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@bs.serving-sys[2].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@tacoda[1].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@ar.atwola[1].txt
C:\Users\whs\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\whs@advertising[2].txt
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29 May 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

I use CookieWall Network Downloads : CookieWall /// AnalogX

Configure it to 'prompt' and scan every 60 seconds. Delete cookies that you don't want ... save cookies you wand to keep. Click on add/remove and press "ok" so you won't be presented with the same group of cookies over and over again


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