View Full Version : '. . . just thinking out loud . . .'

14-10-2001, 10:13 PM
...i wonder why Google.com would place a cookie on my system whenever visiting 'Press F.1'


14-10-2001, 10:24 PM
Or why doubleclick adware is on pcworlds homepage?


14-10-2001, 10:24 PM
Sure this isn't caused by something else? eg/ google on desktop? or Google as a homepage?

14-10-2001, 10:36 PM
Could have something to do with the number of posts lately with this in them:

<FORM method=GET action='http://www.google.com/search'>
<TABLE bgcolor='#FFFFFF'><tr><td>
<A HREF='http://www.google.com/'>
<IMG SRC='http://www.google.com/logos/Logo_40wht.gif' border='0'
ALT='Google' align='absmiddle'></A>
<INPUT TYPE=text name=q size=25 maxlength=255 value=''>
<INPUT type=submit name=btnG VALUE='Google Search'>

14-10-2001, 10:57 PM
...no, Dylan.

This is not caused by - 'eg/ google on desktop? or Google as a homepage?'.


TIP: although I'm reluctant to use this tip with regards 'Google' - so called spy-cookies or 'trackers' can be blocked in Internet Explorer using the following:

(i) In IE, go Tools > Internet Options > Security > left click 'Restricted Sites' > click 'Sites'

(ii) In the box marked 'Add this web site to the zone' - type in [using Double Click as an example] *.doubleclick.net

(iii) then click Add, Okay, Okay.

If desired, these sites may be removed at any time by reversing this proceedure.

15-10-2001, 11:43 AM
well I dunno... theres no ads on MY screen when I visit here... or anywhere else for that matter.. ;-p

15-10-2001, 03:15 PM
Not wanting to rain on anyone's parade again, but thought I'd point out that we here at IDG (PC World et al), are not really into turning you off coming to our site by 'spying' on you. Yes, we do have cookies caused by our 3rd party ad server, and all information regarding this is in our privacy statement - we have absolutely nothing to hide or be ashamed of. The reason we use a 3rd party ad server is because we need to be able to serve ads to our audience to gather revenue so that the site continues to exist and remains free of charge.

We try to ensure our advertising is as non-intrusive as possible, ie. no pop-ups, no mouse tags, etc, and we really hope that some of these ads can be useful to you our wonderful visitors... it is not an attempt to see what you're up to. Most of the time the cookies are used to target 'groups' of users, ie. only those with IE or show an ad only once. Cookies are not the most evil thing on the internet, and neither is online advertising. Most responsible publishers are just trying to cover costs on their websites... we have to pay people to write the stories, we also have to pay people to moderate this free help forum and that money can only come from advertising.

I really hope you guys acknowledge that we're really very fond of our visitors and we really do want to keep you, but we HAVE to cover our costs.


Kerry Dodds
Online Campaign Director
IDG Online Network

15-10-2001, 10:22 PM
We are truly humbled by your response 'O great one' and beg forgiveness for falsely spreading untruths about your cookies. For they are truly sacred cookies.
Be gone the unbelievers for they do not understand the power of advertising and the wroth they bestow to the great ones..Hail F1..Long may it live to bestow knowledege on those who seek it.