Why no tracking cookies?

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  1. Justitia

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    For over 2 years, I've been using AVG as my anti-virus, Firewall< "identity protection" etc software. My 2 laptops are scanned 3-4 times a week each.

    Until Dec 11, after a scan, there would be the occasional infection found but always between 30-100 tracking cookies. I would delete them on a regular basis -- which would often require me to re-sign in to sites like NBR that I go to because the cookie was gone.

    Recently I noticed that the cookies for the sites I intentionally visit no longer have a problem when I delete all the cookies.

    But since Dec 11 not a single cookie has been found on either laptop. No infections (which were rare anyway) and no cookies. Each computer has been scanned 4-5 times since then.

    Concerned that some virus was hiding the cookies form AVG, I ran SAS and MAM -- one on each computer -- and still nothing came up.n

    I don't sense my computers operating any faster -- if anything the laptops might be running a tad slower.

    BTW I use XP as an OS -- the laptops are ASUS z70va and HP Pavilion.

    Does anyone have any thoughts?
     
  2. zfactor

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    check your settings to see if your browser is set to remove cookies when closing. or its possible that avg did this for you.
     
  3. Justitia

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    I use IE8. I can't find where to check if this option is checked. Can you tell me how?

    BTW -- I am running once again SAS on the ASUS -- and this time it is picking up 100's of tracking cookies :eek:

    What does that mean about AVG? is there some setting I accidental turned on so it didn't detect these tracking cookies?

    Am running SAS on my HP right after a scan by AVG. AVG found 30 tracking cookies which I deleted. Then I started an SAS scan -- 400! tracking cookies -- undetected by AVG, found so far... :rolleyes:

    It's a bad idea to buy 3 years of an antivirus software -- no matter how much the discount. Things can change so fast in a couple of years.
     
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    imo i would have told you to skip on avg. i am not a fan and have had way to many customers with it that have had issues..
     
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    I was wondering the same thing. All of a sudden 0 scan results. To fix this I had to open up the scan settings then enable scan for tracking cookies. That fixed the problem.
     
  6. jerry66

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    I would not worry about the cookies , but the occasional infections found each scan . Where do you surf to pick up these infections ?? In 20 years of computing I think I have found 2 infections , and they were FP , most things don't get in they are stopped before they get on computer ., if I found infection on computer i would re-install OS .
    I scan once a month , if that , the AV , AS are supposed to keep things out , if they are getting in I would rethink what you are using , as it is NOT doing a very good job .
     
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    Spysweeper finds almost all spyware and spy cookies in every scan, avg just cant compete.
     
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