Tracking cookies

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  1. Football

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    Hi
    Does ESET Smart Security v4 detect tracking cookies?
    Thank you in advance
     
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  3. Don johnson

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    Yes,ess can't detect them
     
  4. Windows

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    Hello Don.

    Can`t or can?
     
  5. proactivelover

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    simply,surly,easily and truly Connot:D
     
  6. Dave16

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    As said many times before, tracking cookies really aren't that malicious, and can be handled via your browser, so theirs no need to have it search for them.
    -Dave
     
  7. funkydude

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    Block 3rd party cookies in your browser.
     
  8. doktornotor

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    Are you seriously expecting an AV product to detect totally harmless plaintext files?!
     
  9. qzex

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    Well EICAR is a totally harmless plaintext file.
     
  10. doktornotor

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    No. Eicar is a standard executable made specifically for AV functionality testing.
     
  11. s4u

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    You can just simple use ccleaner for these cookies
     
  12. Football

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    I know that I can use ccleaner for these tracking cookies. But I would like for ESET to add an option to their program to detect tracking cookies. In addition, many other AVs detect them and I read in the antivirus review ~Link Removed. Site not recommended by Wilders. - Ron~ that "ESET Smart Security missed all of the tracking cookies we had present on our system as well as two malicious tool bars we had installed in Internet Explorer." So it is an disadvantage that it does not detect tracking cookies.
     
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  13. doktornotor

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    Why should they do that? As already stated repeatedly, those cookies are plaintext files that can do NO harm whatsoever on your system. If you are concerned about privacy, set your browser accordingly to not accept such cookies, issue solved.

    Maybe you could name those many AVs that detect them?

    How is that a disadvantage? Just because someone published a misguided review stating so?
     
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    Excuse me. I was wrong. Not many AVs but some of them, like AVG, detect tracking cookies. However, I would like for ESET to create a special category, like the potentially unsafe applications, in order to detect tracking cookies and ask user if he would like to enable it or not.
     
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    And I would like to not bloat the product with irrelevant features which would harm every user. Whether it's a special category or not, it requires adding code to the product which will in the end increase resource usage and clutter the GUI. Also, working on similar (mis)features distracts developers from lot more useful and important efforts.
     
  16. funkydude

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    The basic solution to tracking cookies is block 3rd party cookies in your browser, that will block 99% of tracking cookies. If you want to be really secure, you can use a Hosts file and immunizers like spywareblaster and SpybotSD.

    Note that none of these use system resources.

    edit: Just wanted to add that I block 3rd party cookies and use a hosts file myself, I feel that's all I need.
     
  17. Football

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    Well, I am using Internet Explorer 7 and I have set the privacy in the medium (which is also the default) level. Am I okay or should I set it in a higher levelo_O?
     
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    Hope this helps:

    cookies.jpg
     
  19. Football

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    Thank you all very much for your help:D
     
  20. s4u

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    Sometimes the answer is easier than it looks
     
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