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#1 Sandy

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Posted 08 September 2004 - 05:45 PM

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Some spyware programs boast that they also delete cookies... is this necessary. My system has been acting slow, might it be due to cookies, or just spyware in general?

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Posted 08 September 2004 - 06:30 PM

Some cookies actually speed up browsing, contain useful user information (like the local store near you), or hold passwords, etc. These are the GOOD cookies.
Other cookies, the BAD ones, are used to report information about your browsing habits, etc., without your prior consent. A good spyware application will generally be able to decide which cookies are harmful and allow you to delete them(AdAware SE Personal, for example); your browser settings should always be set so you are asked whether you wish to accept them or not.

Cookies should not noticeably slow down your computer's operating speed. More common causes are:
1. Running too many unneeded programs or applications on start up; each of these takes some CPU usage, which, if added up, could slow down your computer.
2. Not doing clean up mainteance on your hard drive. Failure to delete old programs, clear temporary internet files, run scandisk and then defragment your HD can cause a slowdown.
3. Spyware or other malware residing in your computer.

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John

Edited by jgweed, 08 September 2004 - 06:32 PM.

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#3 JEservices

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Posted 08 September 2004 - 06:31 PM

There could be many different reasons why your computer is slow: they range from lack of maintenace, to being HiJacked.

Lets start with your computer model, and what it has. Example Dell D4109 running Windows XP, 512MG RAM, 40GIG HD. Things like that would be helpful for a direction on what could be wrong, and how to fix it. Also, it would help how long ago you bought it-an estimate would suffice.
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Please post back when a suggestion works, so that others may learn.

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 11:31 AM

You can also just run a spyware removal program and see what it picks up. Run this www.adwaresafe.com and post what it detects before deleting anything. Also like mentioned above post the stats of your computer. It might just be older and outdated.

#5 Papakid

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 01:07 PM

AdAware does a very good job at deleting tracking cookies. I highly recommend it over any other spyware remover for removing tracking cookies alone--especially since it is 100% free.

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