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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by rekilcoyne, Sep 29, 2003.

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  1. rekilcoyne

    rekilcoyne Thread Starter

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    I am very cautious about spyware, and I usually have none, but lately spybot always finds "Avanue A, INC", "Double CLick", and "Hit Box"

    I never had theese before and i dont understand why they are there everytime I run a check.

    Any ideas?
    Thanks.
     
  2. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    They're only cookies. SpyBot isn't a cookie manager.
    Incidentally, in comparison to "real" spyware, cookies really are harmless.

    You could put sites you don't want to receive cookies from in the Restricted Zones (Internet Options/Security), or install a dedicated cookie manager like for example Cookie Pal or Cookie Wall, which will allow you to differentiate between cookies you always want to allow, and the ones you always want to block.

    You can also use the Internet Options Privacy tab to do that:
    Go to the Privacy Tab > Advanced, and check "override automatic cookie handling".

    Now set "first party cookies" to 'prompt' , and "third party cookies" to 'block', and not a single cookie will be installed without your express approval.


    How to Manage Cookies in Internet Explorer 6

    Good luck,
     
  3. rekilcoyne

    rekilcoyne Thread Starter

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    Very nice, I knew they were 'harmless' pretty much, but they just get annoying to me.

    Thank you.
     
  4. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    My pleasure! :)
     
  5. ShadedNine

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    Another option would be to get Ad-Aware, it removes spyware and cookies as well. I believe the paid version also includes live monitoring (the free one just does a scan/delete).

    Get it at www.lavasoftusa.com
     
  6. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    Ad-Aware only removes certain "bad" cookies, somewhat in the same vain as SpyBot.

    Again, it's no replacement for a cookie manager.
     
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