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How bad are "tracking cookies"?

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#1 MarkMackerel


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:14 PM

I ran hitmanpro on my laptop and i had a lot of tracking cookies. Many of them were from very suspect sites. I deleted them but I'm just wondering how bad are they to have on your machine?

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:43 PM

Not bad.Most free disk cleaners will nuke them.Ccleaner,Wise Disk Cleaner and Privizer do a good job.Cookies are just a way for websites to see how many times you frequent them,but some sites require them for logins to work.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:51 PM

This is from 2013 but still accurate:
Any browser I've used I've set to block third party cookies, and on current iPad Safari it's set to accept cookies 'from visited' only, which is the same equivalent.
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Posted 17 March 2018 - 06:28 AM

Cookies are NOT a "threat" in the typical sense we think of malware infection. As text files, cookies are inherently harmless and cannot be executed to cause any damage. See my detailed explanation about cookies and links to resources in order to mitigate them.

As long as you surf the Internet, you are going to get cookies and some of your security programs will flag them for removal.
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#5 Chertoff


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 03:36 AM

They are really not that bad. If you sue a suitable software, they will be wiped off.

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 04:47 AM

The cookies are codes of information, like your PC screen resolution, processor, OS, and sometimes geo-location. They are there to serve you personalized experience on website. Each cookie has its name, the path (website that is allowed to use it), value, expiration date (they all have a life cycle), and the information mentioned above. Websites store cookies on servers, and if one website has multiple servers, it will be accessible to any of them. They are a string of code, and personally I dont think anyone can read it unless they are experts in it. True to mentioned above any software can delete them.

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