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#1 pounded clown

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 06:01 PM

os = windows xp (home, sp3)
Periodically I start the computer in safe mode logging in as the adminstrator and also as the user. I allow hidden files to be seen and then manually clear out all my cookies, temp and temp internet files. However there are some cookies that refuse to go. Typically they are from SB Nation, a sports blogger community. It's a legit site but wanted to know if there is a vulnerablity or why these cookies won't delete. And I don't get the "could not delete because other program is using ...blah,blah,blah" message. In fact when the Warning "are you sure you wnat to delete these ...." box pops up usually the number of things selected is noted but not in this case....When I hit okay nothing happens.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:42 AM

Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune & save it to your desktop. alternate download link
  • Double-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
  • Under Main "Select Files to Delete" choose: Select All.
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
  • If you use Firefox browser click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • If you use Opera browser click Opera at the top and choose: Select All
  • Click the Empty Selected button.
    If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
  • Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
Notes: On Vista, "Windows Temp" is disabled. To empty Temp, ATF-Cleaner must be "Run as an Administrator".
The Prefetch cleaning feature has been disabled for Vista Users. Tabs for applications that are not installed are grayed out.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:29 AM

thanks, I give it a try. Do you however know why these particular cookies won't delete. They are from sites I trust or sites to which I am a member. So I don't feel at risk so much as just annoyed. I was wondering if you are famillar with this phenomenon and why it happens. I am just curious. Thanks again!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:14 AM

During normal activity, cookies are sent back and forth between a server(s) and the user's computer. Since a computer can run many programs and processes (with or without your awareness), cookies and temp files associated with them may be locked and considered as in use by that program or the operating system so they cannot be easily deleted.

Here is some helpful information about Cookies in case you don't know much about them.

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.
  • Persistent cookies have expiration dates set by the Web server when it passes the cookie and are stored on a user's hard drive until they expire or are deleted. These types of cookies are used to store information between visits to a site and collect identifying information about the user such as surfing behavior or preferences for a specific web site.
  • Session (transient) cookies are not saved to the hard drive, do not collect any information and have no set expiration date. They are used to temporarily hold information in the form of a session identification stored in memory as you browse web pages. These types of cookies are cached only while a user is visiting the Web server issuing the session cookie and are deleted from the cache when the user closes the session.
The type of persistent 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. Cookies 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 or install malware and they cannot erase or read information from a computer.

Cookies cannot be used to run code (run programs) or to deliver viruses to your computer.

MS Article ID: 60971 - Description of Cookies

To learn more about Cookies, please refer to: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 the number of them which are stored on your computer by referring to:
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