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Adaware Has Detected A Data Miner


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#1 Ally Maypole

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 04:40 AM

Hello all,

Ad-aware has detected seven of these little beasts. I'm not sure what they are exactly.

Data miner

They're now removed, but I'm curious where I might have got them from, how dangerous how they are, and if they might reappear.

Thanks and regards,

Ally

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 06:27 AM

Data Miners are basically tracking cookies that monitor a user's web habits and activities for the purpose of collecting information that will be used for marketing purposes.

These cookies keep getting re-installed whenever you visit certain sites. To prevent it you can change your cookie options to allow you to decide which cookies can be stored & which ones not. Go to Internet Options > Privacy > Advanced & place a check in the radio button for override automatic cookie handling. Set to prompt.

What's a Cookie?
http://www.slais.ubc.ca/courses/libr500/fa...eman/cookie.htm

Blocking Unwanted Cookies
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Posted 03 July 2006 - 06:35 AM

That's great, thanks. Maybe they're not as bad as I thought they were, and I'm glad that they can be easily removed.

Great reply and much appreciated.

Ally.
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Posted 03 July 2006 - 03:34 PM

Your welcome Ally.
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