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#1 littlebit


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Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:44 PM

I am new to Avg, when I do a scan and look it says no threat but lots of warnings.

Under the warning there are lots of files that say found tracking cookies - moved to virus vault. Could you tell me if I should delete or do nothing? If I am to delete them should it be from the virus vault or warning? Sometimes they just show in the warning but not in the vault.

Also I can't find anywhere on the web site that shows me just what the symbols mean that are next to the items in the vault or logs.

thanks for any help.

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#2 extremeboy


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Posted 07 February 2009 - 12:05 PM


Cookies technically can not do any harm. They cannot install malware or cause trouble. Security programs usually warn you about them because they can be a privacy problem. Some cookies can track what you do and therefore can sometimes be considered a "spyware" also known as "tracking cookies".

Some reading regards to cookies and privacy related topics are followed:

What are Cookies? and Cookies related to privacy risk. These types of cookies are used to track your Web browsing habits (your movement from site to site).
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".

The symbols on AVG isn't that important. The most important is what it's flagging and what the infection is called and the file location your security program is flagging. Most files in the %TEMP% folder aren't really dangerous but best to remove them if your security program detected it as malware.

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