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Kudos0

MSN Tracking cookies

 I can understand from what I've read on these post, that "all Cookies" are not harmful.  But I do wonder about these three reoccurring tracking cookies.  I can run a scan, SUPERAntiSpyware finds them, I'll quarantine them, run another scan and they are back.  Also the folder they are in, "userdata" is restricted so I can't even get into the folder to delete them.  Is getting rid of Macromedia Flash Player the only way to get rid of these cookies?  If I get rid of Macromedia Flash Player, then some of the programs refuse to run.  If they didn't go through all the trouble of hiding these cookies, I probably wouldn't worry about them. 

 

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Kudos0

Re: MSN Tracking cookies

 I can understand from what I've read on these post, that "all Cookies" are not harmful.  But I do wonder about these three reoccurring tracking cookies.  I can run a scan, SUPERAntiSpyware finds them, I'll quarantine them, run another scan and they are back.  Also the folder they are in, "userdata" is restricted so I can't even get into the folder to delete them.  Is getting rid of Macromedia Flash Player the only way to get rid of these cookies?  If I get rid of Macromedia Flash Player, then some of the programs refuse to run.  If they didn't go through all the trouble of hiding these cookies, I probably wouldn't worry about them. 

 

Kudos0

Re: MSN Tracking cookies

you could use the flashplayer settings manager to change your settings

http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html

Cheers, Jo Graduate of the WTT Classroom
Kudos0

Re: MSN Tracking cookies

An easy way to choose which cookies are allowed to be stored on your computer is to use Firefox. Then go to Tools -> Options -> Privacy and uncheck "Accept cookies from sites". Then click the "Exceptions" button to the right and manually add the websites you need cookies for, like http://community.norton.com for the forum. You'll never get a cookie your don't want again.

Kudos0

Re: MSN Tracking cookies

Hi PC_confused,

First, make sure you are running the latest version of Adobe Flash Player which should be 10.3.181.26.  The setting manager for this version is now found in Windows Control Panel.  Click on the Storage tab to set options for content that sites are allowed to leave on your computer.  Also, IE and Firefox browser privacy settings now apply to Local Shared Objects, as well as normal HTML cookies, so as Bombastus says, it should be easy to block third party cookies as well as cookies from specific sites.  The msn cookies are only tracking cookies geared to targeted advertising and are not really harmful.

Kudos0

Re: MSN Tracking cookies

First off, thanks for all the replies.  I did find my Flash Player was out of date.  I was using version 10.2.159.1 (I don't know why PSI didn't pick up on it.) I did update to version 10.3.181.26.  I then went to Control Panel, opened Flash Player, selected Local Storage Settings by Site, added the three .com addresses (I even added MSN. com ), selected block and then ran SUPERAntiSpyware again.  It again picked up those three Tracking Cookies.  I put them in quarantine again, rebooted and SUPERAntiSpyware again showed those three Tracking Cookies.  I already have IE8 set up to allow first party cookies and block third party cookies.  I would like to block all cookies but then some programs do not want to work.  About 70% of the time I use IE8 and the rest I do use FireFox 3.6.17.   

Kudos0

Re: MSN Tracking cookies

Did you try the Delete All button in Flash Player settings to remove all stored information up to that point?

Kudos0

Re: MSN Tracking cookies

SendOfJive - Thanks for the try.  I clicked on "Delete all" and it did delete all the sites I just entered but when I ran another scan...  Those pesky critters were back...  They must be stored in that "Userdata" folder and run at startup. 

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