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Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by Jenny Shyne, Sep 22, 2003.

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  1. Jenny Shyne

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    About a week ago, I installed Copernic Browser Advisor, a tool to filter searches and make them more relevant. It appears to perform that task well, but I also discovered that it creates loads of .CTB files. So far I have accumulated 146 of them from 3k to 60K, and they don’t seem to purge any. I contacted their support
    to ask the purpose of the data, and advised them since it did not seem meaningful to me, I intended to delete it. They did not answer my question as to usage, but asked me NOT to delete it, as they use it. Would you think that is it some sort of spy or adware? Should I keep the program, and ditch the .CTB files, or remove it all? tc
     
  2. BillC

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    It seems to me that the folks at 'Copernic Browser Advisor' are trying to gather data to make their product more effective. I doubt if they are interested in any one user, but rather patterns.

    I just don't like these sort of things no matter how innocent they appear. Anyway, that's my view.
     
  3. RSM123

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    These people claim they have checked into the possible existence of spyware and found no trace - read the penultimate paragraph here :

    http://www.powertoolsforum.com/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=5


    However there are references here to definite use of spyware in a Copernic product here :

    http://home.tvd.be/ws36178/security/spylist.html

    Have you tried running Adaware or Spybot Search & Destroy ? Not sure if either would find anything adverse but as with other software that has bundled spyware it may be disabled by removing it.
     
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