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#1 bechermak

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 03:03 PM

My laptop has been running very slowly for some time now. I have installed more memory, deleted all unnecessary stuff and have not seen any improvement. I am concerned that there may be "nasty little bugs" on my computer that are slowing me down. Once in a while I get a message that "error at blah blah blah memory". Any thoughts??? When I get this message, my computer shuts off.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 03:42 PM

The "blah blah blah" part of the error message is probably important; it would help if our Members had the exact wording of the message.
If you have done routine maintenance, including a checkdisk/defragment process, have you have scanned your hard drive with your resident AV and one or two anti-spyware applications---and what did they find?
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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:29 PM

The message is a series of numbers that changes every time it happens. It also happens so intermittently that I cannot recreate the message for you. I also remembered that it is a reference memory error.

I defrag periodically and that does not help noticeably either. I don't know where to even begin with the rest of the spyware or what AV means. Sorry.

I use Norton to do the auto scan disc and it never says anything except I have cookies to delete which I take care of everytime.

What can I do to check for spyware or does the Norton take care of that?

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:33 PM

AV means anti-virus. Have you tried doing your scans in "Safe Mode"?

If you don't have anti-malware programs, see BC's list of Freeware Replacements For Common Commercial Apps. There are several free online anti-virus scans listed which you can perform. I would also recommend that you download and scan with SUPERAntiSpyware Free in "Safe Mode".
Please update the defintions before performing a scan. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and unzip into the program's folder.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:27 AM

Superantispyware found 87 tracking cookies but nothing else. Still incredibly slow. Where should I go from here?

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:38 AM

Cookies are text string messages given to a Web browser by a Web server. Whenever you visit a web page or navigate different pages with your browser, the web site generates a unique ID number which your browser stores in a text (cookie) file that is sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from that server. Cookies allow third-party providers such as ad serving networks, spyware or adware providers to track personal information. The main purpose of cookies is to identify users and prepare customized Web pages for them.

The type of cookie that is a cause for some concern are "tracking cookies" because they can be considered a privacy risk. These types of cookies are used to track your Web browsing habits (your movement from site to site). Ad companies use them to record your activity on all sites where they have placed ads. They can keep count of how many times you visited a web page, store your username and password so you don't have to log in and retain your custom settings. When you visit one of these sites, a cookie is placed on your computer. Each time you visit another site that hosts one of their ads, that same cookie is read, and soon they have assembled a list of which of their sites you have visited and which of their ads that you have clicked on. They are used all over the Internet and advertisement companies often plant them whenever your browser loads one of their banners. Cookies are NOT a "threat". As text files they cannot be executed to cause any damage. Cookies do not cause any pop ups nor do they install malware.

As long as you surf the Internet, you are going to get cookies and some of your security programs will flag them for removal. However, you can minimize this by reading "Blocking & Managing Unwanted Cookies" and "Block Third-Party Cookies in IE7".

Try the suggestions mentioned in Slow Computer/Browser? Check here first; it may not be malware. There are reasons for slowness besides malware - i.e. disk fragmentation, disk errors, corrupt system files, too many startup programs, unnecessary services running, not enough RAM, dirty hardware components, etc. As your system gets older it becomes filled with more files/programs and has a natural tendency to slow down so cleaning and regular maintenance is essential.
Note: If you are not on a local area network (LAN), disable the Workstation Service which creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers and that should also help to speed up your boot time.
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Posted 23 April 2008 - 08:56 AM

THREATS

Worms - Mass-mailing worms such as NetSky and Lohack is capable to search and harvest email address to all .TXT files and this includes users' cookies.

Trojan - Banking related trojans are usually capable of stealing users' cookies.

Backdoor - There are backdoor that steals cookies associated to ebay, paypal and banks.

Exploit - This is usually employed using cross site scripting exploit, where a malicious user injects a code to a legitimate vulnerable website. So, all visitors of that website will get redirected where a malicious cookie stealer script awaits.

A malicious user could use the stolen cookies to impersonate or steal user's identity online.

Phishers - URL links that are spammed through emails, blogs, messengers and forums may also link to a malicious cookie stealer sites.


http://blog.iantivirus.com/2008/03/cookies...ur-privacy.html
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