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  1. This is a common problem. A lot of sites I visit dump tracking cookies/adware/spyware.I suspect some websites get a fee from the spyware and advertising companies if allowed to pollute their own websites. I Googled cookie names I didn't recognize and complied a list of tracking and advertising cookies. I use Internet Explorer so was able to go into Tools>Internet options>privacy>sites and I entered the list and selected 'block' for each item I entered. That really cut down on the number of cookies I see when I go Into CCleaner>Options>Cookies. A new wrinkle has recently been added: I'm pretty sure that some websites are paying Piriform to render their spyware unremovable using CCleaner. If I go into CCleaner cookie list, I now see tracking cookies that were NOT removed by running CCleaner. You can right click on these cookies to get a pop-up pane that includes 'Delete now'. The cookies disappear from view but if you select the 'Cleaner' option, then go back to the 'cookies' list without even running the cleaner function, the adware/tracking cookies you just individually deleted are all back. I upgraded to a recent version - not the current one - and found almost no cookies were removed...maybe 3 or 4 on a list of 20. I went to FileHippo and downloaded a previous edition that worked better, V4.19.4867 Sample nasty cookies that defy deletion include cxense.com and googleads.g.doubleclick.net What's worse is the fact that blocking these cookies using the IE>Tools>Internet options>Privacy>sites doesn't work. They can't be blocked and they can't be removed. Sucks doesn't it?
  2. Hello MTA, Thank you very much. I did as you suggested and now have 4.19 installed. Gord
  3. Hey Andavari: I'm using IE 8.0 which I've been told by two different sources is the highest version that will work on Windows XP. If I could find a download link to a previous version, I"d dump this Version 5 turkey and use the older version, all of which have worked well for me.
  4. My problem is the reverse, sort of: My saved cookies survive cleaning but so do all the non-saved cookies in the left-hand column when you open 'cookies' under the 'options' tab. I now manualy delete those cookies I recognize as tracking cookies or ad-related. Painfully slow. Piriform: PLEASE put up a download link for any earlier version so we can dump this badly-flawed version 5!!!
  5. I regularly look at 'cookies' in the 'Options' list. Until V 5 appeared, running CCleaner got rid of all the cookies in the left-hand - non-saved - cookie column. Now, there are usually residual cookies. Just now, I had a list of 25 cookies, including several I recognize as tracking cookie. Only 8 of those were removed, leaving 17 behind. Even doing the right click on cookie, selecting 'Delete now' on the drop-down doesn't do the trick. BTW, I"m running Windows XP PRO, SP 3. It took a very long time to download and install V. 5. Very disappointing after years of proper functiioning.
  6. Gotta wonder if the cookie-scrambling MS "update" was designed to fool the average user who might otherwise recognize a cookie as a spyware/tracking cookie, e.g., ad.yieldmanager.com, adbureau.com, etc. If we don't recognize the now-gibberish cookies as spyware, we can't use IE's site blocking feature in Tools>Internet options>Privacy>Sites to block them. This issue also raises the question as to whether or not spyware detection/removal programs like some common Internet Security Suites can still recognize gibberish spyware/tracking cookies as such and deal with them accordingly. Googling a named cookie certainly reveals which are spyware/tracking cookies but when I Google the new gibberish idents, I consistently get 'no match found'. Would not surprise me in the least to find that MS is working in concert with cookie-planting marketing and advertising companies as MS used some spyware/tracking cookies itself recognizable by use of 'ad' or 'market(ing)' as part of the MS cookie name. Deviance thy name is Microsoft!
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