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How to remove Tracking Cookies

Tracking Cookies while generally of a low threat level to your PC, they are still classified as Spyware. This article describes what a tracking cookie is, how to identify tracking cookies and finally how to remove tracking cookies.

What is a tracking Cookie?

Tracking cookies usually track the session of a user to a particular website. There are two kinds of tracking cookies in the simplest sense. The good kind and the bad kind. The good kind are used for authenticating and maintaining specific information about users such as site preferences and the contents of eshopping carts.

However, if you visit seedy sites (porn, torrent sites, free stuff) you are most likely going to get the bad kind. In any case, these tracking cookies can be shared among two or more sites all for tracking your browsing tendencies and gathering and sharing information which people might regard as “private”. This private information can be your name or email address and you are more likely to get all sorts of spam to your email.

A typical tracking cookie will look something like this

1www.somedomainname.com/ 0 2719785088 29508922 2980377808 29496852 * ”

The encoded info in this cookie includes a unique UserID assigned by a web server; the cookie can be used to track a user as they visit other sites that accept this cookie.

How to remove Tracking Cookies?

Since tracking cookies are tagged as spyware, you can remove them using commercial AntiSpyware software. The best AntiSpyware software I found is the PC Tools Spyware Doctor. If you buy PC Tools directly from the vendor, the software is around $40. However, Google is giving this PC Tools away for free as part of Google Pack. Click here to including the PC Tools AntiSpyware software we need to remove tracking cookies.

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Author: Ajit Gaddam

Ajit Gaddam is an accomplished technology executive and is currently the Head of Security Engineering at Visa, where he is responsible for building large scale AI driven cybersecurity products, leading engineering programs, and providing expert guidance on cybersecurity matters. He has presented at conferences worldwide, including USENIX Enigma, RSA, Black Hat, Strata Data Hadoop, COSO Dublin, and GCS Ukraine. Ajit has been quoted by major media organizations and his work has been showcased in academic journals, security publications, and in two published books. He is an active participant in various open source and standards bodies, is a prolific inventor of disruptive technologies (over 100+ global patents), and moonlights as an instructor (SANS, community colleges).

5 thoughts on “How to remove Tracking Cookies

  1. ii need help. because every time i run a scan it says attention watever waht ever. then when i click on it it says tracking cookie.i alwaysz click fix then it says it has been fixed.after that i close the program and do another scan and it keeps saying tracking cookie

  2. I wouldn’t trust spy ware doctor, They were in the dog house so to speak last year as the software makes out there is more threats than there actually is,

    Use something like avast and ad-aware, both free and much better

    regards

    Craig

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