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About Ad-block and adware

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  • Started 1 year ago by pepcyg
  • Latest reply from vistamike
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pepcyg
Posts: 94

On my Windows 7 computer I have Ad-block Plus and Track Me Not enabled on Firefox. At night (immediately before I turn my PC off for the night) I run the quick scan of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, which turns up nothing. In the morning (as soon as I logon in Windows) the quick scan of Super Anti-spyware starts and it turns up 20 instances of adware tracking cookies.

Why doesn't Malwarebytes find the adware tracking cookies that Super Anti-spyware does? Is Malwarebytes now
an inferior product? I had thought it was the best.

Why with both Ad-block Plus and Track Me Not enabled do I still have adware tracking cookies? Shouldn't these
2 add-ons take care of the problem?? Is there another add-on available that would prevent them - but - still allow
me to surf the web easily??

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CompWiz
Posts: 864

pepcyg, hi :)

Can you post a description of these "tracking cookies". Perhaps, they aren't harmful and Super-Anti Spyware is detecting them otherwise (false positive).

And having protection does not guarantee 100%. There are always ways around things.

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gedstar
Posts: 521

You could also use CCleaner, before running Super-Anti Spyware, this will clean out any cookies

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Posted 1 year ago
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LadyFitzgerald
Posts: 2232

I usually get one hit a week for a tracking cookie from SAS and SAS has always said the cookie wasn't malicious but could be used for tracking. I always dump them.

Posted 1 year ago
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GuiltySpark
Posts: 4024

pepcyg ,

MBAM isn't designed to pick out cookies, just the malware.

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StringJunky
Posts: 2454

pepcyg

If you are really bothered about tracking you'll find Comodo Dragon browser much tighter. You can block the Referrer Header (which tells the next website you go to where you came from) in Settings. It has a Do Not Track in Settings. It has a Privalert extension which blocks trackers, widgets, analytics AS you browse...it will also block any ads that have privacy concerns in them:

http://www.comodo.com/home/bro.....rowser.php

Here's a couple of pics of the Privalert window. The first one shows is with this site whitelisted and the second is what it is blocking on this site:

Any element type of element listed can be selected for blocking or not.

Tony

Posted 1 year ago
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pepcyg
Posts: 94

Thank you all for your replies - now I understand,

Posted 1 year ago
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vistamike
Posts: 10945

Just read an article about this;

https://startpage.com/eng/

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