View Full Version : tracking cookie etc

effie c
04-12-2006, 06:06 PM
Will somebody enlighten me - please?
I have as allways done a weekly scan by Ad Aware SE , Spybot etc, and have often picked up what I would call fairly minor trojan horses which require eliminating- and they are - immediately.
Yesterday, and today, I ran a scan, in the morning of Sunday - found one critical object- as stated by Ad Aware- then I re-ran the same scan at night and blow me there was the same "tracking Cookie" as had appeared that morning.
This morning I ran a scan again, got one "critical". Thirty minutes later I did the same and was clear.
Now, 8 hours later, I have just completed yet another scan and got one critical and three MRU objects to delete.
I have checked the quarantine list and each time the objects ( as they are called) are all listed - day, time, etc when picked up.
The question is, if I ignored these and did them once a week, as before, am I going to get into trouble,, and why cannot I stop the infection at source perhaps?
I always run a weekly antivirus scan and have yet to pick up one, and perhaps I am worrying my little head unnecessarilly.
effie c

04-12-2006, 06:29 PM
Normally tracking cookies are fairly benign. MRU's are "most recently used" items. Unless you have been to naughty pxxn sites and don't want others to see where you have been then they can be ignored too. For instance, I have many cookies and a fair number allow me to get to a web page without logging on. Redhot pawn (Chess) and PressF1 come to mind.

A once a week scan is fine. Main thing to remember is use both a firewall and antivirus progam and keep them up to date.

I have not run Spybot or Adaware for some time. I do run those programs from time to time and they are useful.

Don't believe you can stop at source easily.

05-12-2006, 01:58 PM
Hi Effie,

I don't think you need to worry too much about these tracking cookies so just let Adaware, etc delete them and forget about them.

The "minor trojans" is a bit of a worry though. I have never heard of a "minor" trojan before and would be a bit concerned if they were popping up all the time.

Have you got SpywareBlaster installed? That's a good program for helping to prevent malware installing on PCs, as is SpywareGuard. Like Adware, etc, they both need regular updating.

05-12-2006, 02:20 PM
I have as allways done a weekly scan by Ad Aware SE , Spybot etc, and have often picked up what I would call fairly minor trojan horses

Weekly? Minor?!!
Run them more often and find out whre ou get these trojans....just you using the PC or others too?

Most nasty malware tends to be deliberately downloaded - warez, porn etc.

Personally I haven't had any malware. But I don't download anything except updates for various things and the odd game demo.
I don't do chat either or look at porn.

effie c
05-12-2006, 08:00 PM
Porn ?:)
wash yer mouf out - to think I could even look at such beauty ;-))
no, not I --- and foxymx I think I put minor in rather than have it identified as such - I wanted to be sure that the tracking cookie did me no harm-I'se too old for harm:o
and the other are stated as minor things which can, or need not be deleted
Thanks people I think I have enough replies that can rest my weary soul :badpc:
effie c