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:
This file risk is low.
A tracking cookie is a file that can track your computing activities and report them to a third party.
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Cookies are downloaded onto your system through a Web browser.
Tracking cookie: Cookie:email@example.com/
Tracking cookie: Cookie:firstname.lastname@example.org/
Tracking cookie: Cookie:email@example.com/
Tracking cookie: Cookie:firstname.lastname@example.org/
Tracking cookie: Cookie:email@example.com/
Tracking cookie: Cookie:firstname.lastname@example.org/html
Tracking cookie: Cookie:email@example.com/
Orphan cookie cleanup
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.