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#1 Cassiopeia

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 04:11 PM

Every time I run AVG 7.0 in safe mode, I get cookies attached to this particular file: zedo, adrevolver, and yieldmanager. It is in Mozzilla.

The cookies are tracking ones and no matter how many times I use SpyBot and Ad-aware, they come back.

Should I be concerned?

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#2 Alan D

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 10:37 PM

I'm not sure what you mean by the phrase 'attached to this particular file' (is 'Bs86vrnx.default' a folder in which firefox stores cookies - anyone?) but if all that your AVG is finding are tracking cookies, that's nothing to be concerned about, in itself. Cookies are harmless text files. You will pick them up repeatedly (unless you set your browser to reject them), because every time you visit certain websites, those cookies are planted, yet again, on your computer, even if you've previously removed them.

You can't do any harm by deleting them, and they can't do any harm to you. (They're often seen as a threat to privacy, but they're so easy to control that it's not worth all the fuss that's made about them.) There's a guide to cookies here:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/45333/cookies-a-complete-guide/

I don't use Firefox much myself, but it seems quite straightforward to restrict what cookies are planted on your computer. Click Tools, then options, then privacy. In the 'Keep until' box, choose 'ask me every time', and you'll then be warned every time a cookie is offered, and be given the option to reject it. Others may offer some more convenient methods. Otherwise, just keep deleting them when your antispyware programs find them.

This said, I can't find any such folder 'Bs86vrnx.default' on my computer, though I do have Firefox installed, so I'd be glad if anyone can clarify this reference. (Firefox cookies seem to be cached in 'vu6nbj6.default' on my machine.)

Edited by Alan D, 21 March 2008 - 12:31 PM.

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#3 Teenage.Zombiee

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 02:43 AM

Cassiopeia you have nothing to be worried about.

Tracing cookies are everywhere on the internet and are extreemly hard to avoid.
They won't do you any harm so when your anti spyware picks them up it will simply delete them.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 09:07 AM

If you want to prevent cookies from a particular site, in Firefox, just add them to the Exceptions list.

Firefox / Tools / Options / Privacy
Under Cookies, click the Exceptions... button.
Enter the URL of the site you want to block in the Address of web site: text field, and click the Block button.
That site will be permanently blocked from setting cookies.

Another, and easier alternative, would be to install SpywareBlaster.
It will add a long list of sites, including zedo, adrevolver, and yieldmanager, to your Exceptions list.
Here's a tutorial on Using SpywareBlaster.
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