I use Firefox with NOSCRIPT for Firefox, Chrome for Google Plus and Gmail, and occasional Internet Explorer.
I realize that tracking cookies are not malware but I wanted to see if I could totally eliminate them. I purchased Lavasoft Ad-Aware with the thought that it would
catch tracking cookies real-time but it only caught them during batch scans.
I configured Chrome and Firefox to reject cookies except for sites in the exception list.
My Firefox add-ins were Taco with Abine, Cookie Monster, Lavasoft Tool Bar, Ad-Block Plus and Cookie Monster
Every time I ran a Google search in Firefox I received a CAPTCHA challenge because a high level of activity was detected from my computer. When I searched from Chrome or I.E. there was
no Captcha challenge.
I have two accounts on my machine, a non-admin user acct where I work all day long and then the superadmin account created when I set up the Toshiba.
I disabled in Firefox the following add-ins and the Captcha Challenge stopped: Lavasoft tool bar, Cookie Monster, Ad-Block Plus, Cookie Monster
Regarding the CAPTCHA challenge, Google suggested HIJACKTHIS as well as Spybot Search and Destroy.
I also installed Nixory which I use only for a batch scan for cookies. I tried to integrate the Nixory active shield but it crashes on this machine.
Attached is the HIJACKTHIS log which I just now generated.
Oddly enough, today is the first day that I am getting NO tracking cookies in any of the scans.
I had some difficulty getting HijackThis to run as it did not have sufficient permissions. The instructions mention that in VISTA one simply right clicks and chooses
RUN AS SUPERVISOR. Obviously this option is not available in Windows 7.
Finally, I right clicked on the program and chose the CHECK FOR INCOMPATIBILITIES. It was not intuitively obvious but eventually I stumbled across the option to
RUN AS SUPERVISOR, and then HijackThis ran just fine.
Thanks in advance for checking the attached HijackThis log and for your feedback.
Edited by WilliamBuell, 23 February 2012 - 02:07 PM.