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#1 BSC2006

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 07:02 PM

: :thumbsup: This might be a stupid question but I nothing about these things. I have a whole bunch of cookies on my computer and when I run ad aware it says there is malware in the cookies. Can I delete the cookies without hurting my computer? Thanks a bunch.

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 07:44 PM

BSC2006,

Welcome to Bleeping Computer. There are several opinions about cookies. I'll link you to an article here, that will give you some more information. You can decide for yourself, how to view cookies. But, to answer your question. Yes you can safely delete the cookies.

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 09:41 PM

Some cookies are beneficial, and contain, for example your user ID and password, or last page visited, or nearest Borders to your house; others are placed on your computer to track your usage of the internet.
Most generally, the cookies found by Ad-AwareSE are the latter kind, and can be deleted after a quick review.

Browsers allow you to designate under what circumstances you allow cookies; if Ad-Aware finds many "bad" cookies, your browser security settings need to be changed. Parenthetically, most browsers will also allow you to review your stored cookies and manually remove them.
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 07:30 AM

The type of cookie that is a cause for concern is one used to track your movement from site to site. Some ad companies use tracking cookies to record your activity on all sites where they have placed ads. 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.

Types of cookies:
1st-Party cookies are from the web site (URL) you are visiting
3rd-Party cookies are from another web site that places content on that 1st-party site
Legacy Cookies are cookies that were present before IE 6.0 was installed

Persistent cookie (stored cookie) is a permanent cookie that is stored on a userís hard drive until it expires or until the user deletes the cookie. Persistent cookies are set with expiration dates and are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as Web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific Web site.

Session cookie (transient cookie) is a temporary cookie that is erased from memory when the Web browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from the userís computer. They typically will store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 08:52 PM

Here is a link to a neat little app that allows one to see what those cookies are and to choose to delete the ones not needed.

http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptcookie.asp




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