Data Miner? Hard to kill!

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by barba, Jun 27, 2004.

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  1. barba

    barba Registered Member

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    :D I keep getting this cookie every time I go on the net (daily)! Although I have placed it in the custom blocking it still returns. Can't get the CLSID #.. it is all zeros. HELP!! PLEASE!!

    Vendor:Tracking Cookie
    Category Data Miner

    Object Type:File

    Size:306 Bytes

    Location:c:\...\barbara day.dfb67t21\cookies\barbara day@cgi-bin[1].txt

    Last Activity:6-27-2004 5:55:29 PM

    Risk LevelLow

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    Description:This cookie is known to collect information that may be used either for targeted advertising, or tracking users across a particular website, such as page views or ad click-thrus.

     
  2. Dazed_and_Confused

    Dazed_and_Confused Registered Member

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    Welcome to Wilders, Barba! Disable all but session cookies. Then add only sites you trust as exceptions to that rule.
     
  3. sig

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    Despite the sometimes scarifying descriptions of "evil cookies" and "data miners" I certainly wouldn't panic about it. As whatever program you're using notes, the risk level is low. Usually cookies are associated with a web site although the info you posted doesn't contain any site info. And some cookies can be useful in retaining some continuity within a site so it can function properly, especially if you're making online purchases.

    I can't tell about that specific cookie since there is no site info associated with it. I retain some cookies for some sites (such as Wilders for example ;) ) because they're useful to me. What program are you using to find and identify that specific cookie? It might be helpful if you could look in your browser and see how the cookie is actually noted, with some site ID info to see if it's a cookie you might be not so concerned about. Are you using IE?
     
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  5. barba

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    Thanks so much for your advice...I empty my cookies (except for the ones I want to keep for sites I visit regularly. This annoying little file has nothing to do with any of them. It doesn't seem to harm anything, but is like having a few grains of sand in your sandals! [​IMG]
     
  6. barba

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    I wouldn't describe my feeling as "panic"..it is simply annoying. [​IMG] I use SpyBlaster, which has done a fantastic job for me. Haven't used the holey buggy IE Explorer for a long time, nor MS Outlook...I believe that is simply begging for trouble.

    I empty my cookies on a regular basis, except for the ones for sites I visit on a regular basis. I know this file will not hurt me, but have been picking up for such a long time and it has become annoying. There is no information in this file or in it's properties to indicate where it came from...only the information I listed which was supplied by AdAware. I run AdAware every night and that irritating file is there 90% of the time. I rarely purchase anything on the net, and certainly not on a daily basis.

    Thanks for your response! [​IMG]


     
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