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Avg warning on opening ie7/ff?


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#1 kev25v6

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Posted 04 February 2009 - 09:54 AM

Every time i open ie7 or firefox i get a pop up from avg about cookies being detected and that they maybe a threat. They are Adtech and Revsci. How do i stop these from coming up every time and are they a problem?

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:46 PM

These are tracking cookies.

Tracking cookies track your web browsing habits. They can collect information about pages and advertisements you have seen or any other activity during browsing. Different websites can share tracking cookies, and each website with the same tracking cookie can read the information and write new information into it.

http://www.f-secure.com/sw-desc/tracking_cookie.shtml

A great way of eliminating third party cookies and more is by using a HOSTS file.

Tutorial: The Hosts File and what it can do for you http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/hosts-files-explained/

Blocking Unwanted Parasites With a HOSTS file
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 01:33 PM

To turn off this message, double click your AVG icon in your system tray to open the user interface. In the user interface, double click "Resident Shield". Under Resident Shield Settings, uncheck the box labeled "Scan for Tracking Cookies". Click Save Changes and close the interface. You should not get the popup messages anymore, except when you run certain types of on demand scans.

Edit: This assumes you are using AVG 8.0 on Windows Vista or XP.

Tracking cookies do not represent a specific threat to your machine. At worst, marketers can use these cookies to track what web sites you visit, within certain areas of the web. For example, many sites use Google Analytics. Every site that does will put a tracking cookie on your computer, which allows Google to know many of the sites you visit. The same goes for companies that put banner ads on a range of different sites. However, these cookies can not track you if you visit sites outside their network. IE Google can not track you when you are on a site that does not use Analytics or Adwords.

Edited by InterestinglyAverage, 06 February 2009 - 01:37 PM.

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 08:00 AM

kev25v6,

Additional information on Cookies and How Internet Cookies Work and Blocking Unwanted Cookies with Internet Explorer 7

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Edited by tork, 13 February 2009 - 08:01 AM.





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