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I am a political news junkie, and I read a lot of on-line newspapers, magazines and political blogs. Over the last couple of months, I have been picking up about 50-60 tracking cookies each day.


I have Windows Home, and I run Nod 32, Spybot and I scan frequently with SuperAntispyware, Adaware 2008 and Malawarebytes? Antispyware. I use FF2. I have set the cookie control in tools>options>privacy, and I have tried the FF add on Cookie Culler. But it didn?t seem to prevent all of the cookies that I am getting.


Yesterday I purchased Webroot Spy Sweeper and installed it on my pc. A mistake! It slowed my pc to a crawl, and after I uninstalled it, the pc was back working properly again.


I was really disappointed with Spy Sweeper, because I have used this program in the past and it worked fine at that time. So now I have pitched it.


I understand that most tracking cookies are not harmful, but I don?t like having them on the pc.


Does anyone know of some way (or some spy program) that I can use to prevent these cookies from getting on my pc, or will I just have to live with it and scan frequently?



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Tracking cookies can be blocked by a HOSTS file.


I use hpHosts and MVPS HOSTS files only managed by HostsMan and I use its enclosed proxy HostsServer to speed up Internet browsing:

http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm <== Has a good explanation about the HOSTS file


"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school." - Albert Einstein

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Set to Firefox to block all cookies then just allow the cookies you do want.

Or use the Firefox extension Cookie Safe (Lite) to make that job easier. It is a minor annoyance for first few days as you have to add exceptions for sites you need cookies for (just a case of clicking status bar icon and allowing) but after that it's excellent, I've been using it a while now.

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