Trying to block st.sageanalyst.net cookie

Discussion in 'adware, spyware & hijack cleaning' started by Tony Pedretti, Jan 21, 2004.

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  1. Adaware has been picking up this cookie for the past few months on various workstations of mine.

    I've attempted to block sageanalyst.net by adding this key and value to my registry, but some domain keeps adding it.

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\P3P\History\sageanalyst.net]
    @=dword:00000005

    This is the basic file name and contents of the cookie...

    account_name@st.sageanalyst[1].txt

    smuid
    20012004-734-1210625466178251074610183
    st.sageanalyst.net/
    1024
    4285291904
    29981051
    2056290496
    29613924
    *

    Am I missing something?


    Any input is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Tony Pedretti
     
  2. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    Hi Tony,

    I am not entirely sure if that makes a difference, but have you tried adding the st. in front of the domain name?

    Regards,

    Pieter
     
  3. Pieter,

    Sorry, I had copied that line from a reg file of blocks I'm maintaining.

    The workstation in question had st.sageanalyst.net blocked not sageanalyst.net. I've since added sageanalyst.net as well and going to try to keep an eye on what domain is adding this cookie.

    Still wondering if there is some sort of trickery going on here?
    :doubt:

    Thanks,

    Tony
     
  4. Pieter_Arntz

    Pieter_Arntz Spyware Veteran

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    I understand why you suspect trickery.

    If you happen to find a URL where that cookie gets dumped on you, could you mail that to the adress in my profile please?
     
  5. I noticed that the cookie was being created early in my day so I figured it was one of the web sites I was visiting consistently each morning.
    Didn't take long to figure out the cookie created below was created by dilbert.com. :eek:

    account_name@1074782280474[1].txt

    smuid
    22012004-734-1210625466161261074782304
    st.sageanalyst.net/1074782280474
    1024
    3213406208
    29981452
    1438024800
    29614325
    *
     
  6. Feedback from United Media "webmaster"...

    Subject: FW: st.sageanalyst.net third-party cookie off dilbert.com
    Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 15:12:58 -0500

    Tony,
    SageAnalyst.net is actually our website traffic software that helps us gage
    traffic numbers on our websites, we do not store personal information. I
    will take a look at our privacy policies. Thank you for your attention to
    this matter.

    Associate Marketing Manager
    United Media
    200 Madison Ave, NYC 10016 | (212) 293-8511
    www.comics.com <> www.dilbert.com <> www.snoopy.com



    -----Original Message-----
    Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2004 3:02 PM
    To: webmaster@NoSPaMunitedmedia.com
    Subject: st.sageanalyst.net third-party cookie off dilbert.com

    To whom it may concern,

    Like the millions of others, I'm a big fan of the Dilbert comic strip and
    was disappointed to see the dilbert.com domain creating a third-party cookie from st.sageanalyst.net.

    Your privacy policy states "Dilbert.com, with the exception of The Dilbert
    Store, does not use "cookies" or tracking software that can identify you
    personally while you are visiting the site."

    I'm curious to know if this initally was a play on words since its possible
    that these cookies don't "identify you personally". In any case, what is
    the purpose of these cookies?

    Avid fan and reader,

    Tony Pedretti
    La Grange, IL USA
     
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