I apologize if this is not the correct forum for this post. I have alresdy posted my concerns on McAfee's own forums but but consider it important enough to post here as well. http://community.mcafee.com/showthread.php?p=526727#post526727 It seems that the new updated SiteAdvisor v.2.8.271 (freeware) is leaving a list of every website visited in plain view for anyone to see. In my opinion, this is a heinous breach of privacy and it abhors me to think that a security company like McAfee would knowingly do this sort of thing. Many people take great pains to ensure that browsing history, cookies, cache etc. are swept away from the hard drive. And now, without any prior notice to users, McAfee have decided to secretly leave some sort of browsing history in Documents and Settings\NetworkService\Application Data\SACore\Cache The contents of the "Data.dat" files seem to be SiteAdvisor's rating for each of the websites visited. Although this info is not in any way nefarious, just the fact that this list even exists has infuriated me to the point where I will uninstall this peice of foistware and be done with it. It also goes without saying that my opinion of McAfee has definitely been tarnished. I don't use Firefox, maybe its different with that browser. Someone else can check that out if they want. Response from moderator is not very re-assuring, although he promises to inquire into the matter: Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit It's not doing anything that your browser doesn't already do. However that file is hidden under normal circumstances. In XP it is: C:\Documents and Settings\LocalService\Application Data\SACore\Cache To see it one has to enable "View Hidden Files & Folders" under Windows Explorer Tools/Folder Options/View and regular computer users shouldn't normally have access to those hidden files and folders. I will ask why SA keeps a list locally, however. I don't have an old version handy to compare whether or not it also did that. My rebuttal: I realize the browser also leaves a history trail. My point is that the browser's cache is a *known* location which one can easily erase if desired. I forgot to mention in my last post that this folder is a hidden folder that would not show up on a regular user's inspection of the hard drive. So, firstly it is put there without the user's knowledge. Secondly, it is hidden so the average user will never know it is there. Again I will say that the info contained in this folder is not damaging in any way other than one could be questioned as to why they have been surfing to whatever websites. I do not imply that SiteAdvisor is spyware but, the tactics involved are definitely akin to spyware. I am astounded that a company such as McAfee would not take great caution to ensure that their software could never be perceived in this manner. I believe it is safe to say the old version did not behave this way since the creation date of the SACore folder is very recent, (07/30/200 on my machine. I have deleted the contents, so I don't know the dates of the files and subfolders. Would be interesting though to know how many files and used up hard drive space others can find on their machines. My question(s) to this forum at Wilders: Am I being too paranoid? Is McAfee so trustworthy that it's OK for them to keep a list of every website I go to? Is it better to have this list on my computer rather than their servers? Is this list on their servers? What are they going to do with this list?