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adware. tracking cookie how do I get rid of it and keep it off my computer?

For all those who are wondering. If you've used super anti spyware or any other of the tools recommended via McAfee tech support, you've probably found "adware. tracking cookie" as it is know when found in the scan by Super Anti Spyware. Also known as LSO'S

This cookie is potentially harmful because it invades your privacy on the internet and tracks your movements as you browse the internet. It also can cause less than desirable computer performance. It is questionable but probable that it is even capable of stealing your passwords. Combine with infected Java Script that get downloaded on your system, it can be deadly to your operating system.

So how do you get rid of it? If you don't have super Anti Spyware already, go to and download the free version, run a full scan on your computer and let the program remove whatever infection it finds.

Unfortunately McAfee Security Suite does not seem to currently have a way to protect you against these kind of threats, but I was very pleased when McAfee didn't install tracking cookies on my PC when I logged in, and that McAfee does not use tracking cookies. I was shocked to learn via a Google search that sites like Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, My Space, Facebook, even Google and many other known sites download these tracking cookies when you visit their site. Adobe Flash Player is one of the worst for allowing these cookies or LSO's to get on your system.

The next step, I recommended using Mozilla Firefox to do most of your internet browsing. It is still the most secure browser available Go to and download Firefox 3.5 for free. You'll want to also install a plugin on the firefox browser called "Better Privacy" Version 1.29. "Super Cookie Safe Guard". Do this after Mozilla Firefox is installed. This tools is a very cool, because it allows you to see the origin of where these cookies came from, in case you ever want to pick a bone with someone for invading your privacy.:mad:

This will put up a Firewall on your browser that will prevent sites from loading tracking cookies on your system and allow you to remove LSO'S quickly when they do occur, via the options panel. You should now be able to have peace of mind in knowing that your privacy cannot being invaded because of tracking cookies anymore!

If your using Internet Explorer install all security add - ons that prevent tracking cookies from entering your system.

Hope this is helpful for those who need it.
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Re: Better privacy

Yes, I found that a few days ago and think that it's very good.

That was after reading about it somewhere that said, that these type of cookies, can even gain access of your webcam and microphone without your knowledge!!!

What an invasion of privacy that could be.

But you have to go to the

to adjust the settings, as there seems to be no other way to do that!

Good thread.


Actually you can adjust your camera through Adobe Flash player

If you visit any website that has a video requiring Adobe flash player macromedia player (like you tube for example), you can simply right click on any video screen. A little Adobe player screen will pop up giving you the option to deny or allow the flash player to have access to your microphone and camera. Choose the "deny" option. This will keep LSO's from taking control of your camera and mic without your knowledge. It makes it so only these can be controlled on your end.

The flash player screen also allows you to adjust the settings of your camera and Mic specific to Adobe Flash player.

Hope this helps

Reply to thread 'adware. tracking cookie how do I get rid of it and keep it off my co

Hi, Thanks, but I did know about right clicking on the video image at youtube etc, but only after I found it out from this site some days before: I was a bit shocked to discover, that your webcam/microphone could possibly be hijacked without your knowledge, and am very glad I found this info at all! Firefox rules imho and another really cool add-on is the one for live TV from around the world, claiming to have thousands of stations to choose from, although I didn't find that many live yesterday, nor to choose from. I did find maybe a hundred or so, but they weren't all live. Still I found it quite excellent though and saw some cool stuff! Regards,

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