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#1 Digitallace

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 09:03 AM

I just can't get rid of them.

The problem started on my laptop, and I was using Vista Ultimate. It came on all at once, so I assumed I had a virus. I got Norton 360 and ran it in both regular and safe mode. It found a few things, deleted them and I thought everything would be fine. It wasn't. So I tried Spybot and did the same thing. It found nothing at all, so I assumed the problem was just so deep that it had infected a registry. I then formatted the hard drive and reinstalled Windows completely. The first time logging in I had the same issue. Just visiting basic sites like Yahoo or Facebook with trigger it. Every time I do a web search, 1 out of 3 times I click something it will redirect me. I've used IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera. All the same.

With another sweep of Norton, I found a series of 8 tracking cookies:

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Low
This file risk is low.
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Threat Details
A tracking cookie is a file that can track your computing activities and report them to a third party.
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Origin

Downloaded from Not Available
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URL Not Available
UNTESTED

Cookies are downloaded onto your system through a Web browser.
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Tracking Cookies
Tracking cookie: Cookie:digitallace@cdn.at.atwola.com/
Removed
Tracking cookie: Cookie:digitallace@advertising.com/
Removed
Tracking cookie: Cookie:digitallace@atwola.com/
Removed
Tracking cookie: Cookie:digitallace@tacoda.net/
Removed
Tracking cookie: Cookie:digitallace@at.atwola.com/
Removed
Tracking cookie: Cookie:digitallace@ar.atwola.com/html
Removed
Tracking cookie: Cookie:digitallace@atdmt.com/
Removed
Orphan cookie cleanup
Removed

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It seemed like the most logical thing affecting it. Trouble is, since Norton initially found these cookies, I've formatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows again, bought and installed a NEW hard drive and installed Windows 7. Still I get the same problem. What can possibly outlast a new hard drive? I just don't know what to do now. Norton is still finding the same tracking cookies, so obviously the problem isn't fixed, just temporarily bandaged until the next time I use my internet.

I just want it gone.

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