Posted 17 February 2008 - 08:30 AM
A tracking cookie is not necessarily a threat.
As you browse the web, cookies are automatically saved onto your computer to remember things like login information, filled fields, and browsing history.
Some cookies are actually used to track what websites you visit and allow marketing companies to direct ads to you based on your browsing history.
For example, if you regularly browse amazon.com for romantic books, you will probably see more banner ads that have to do with romantic books. (just an example of many ways cookies can be used)
As you can see, this is somewhat a concern over privacy, but it does not pose a necessary threat.
Chances are that this cookie is not affiliated with the previous virus you had, but that is not guaranteed. You may want to start a thread in the security forum if you are unsure about the level of unwanted software on your computer.
As a last note, Cookies are not really a security risk, but they do somewhat invade privacy and the ones that your virus remover detects are usually safe to remove, but I do not suggest removing ALL of your cookies since they make your online experience more convenient (for the most part)