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Question regarding Google-Analystics


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A friend of mine periodically downloads movies from a torrent site.  He told me that today he noticed a message at the bottom left of his screen (when on the site) that read "transferring to google-analystics.com" (apparently the page froze for about 30 sec. and then the message disappeared).  He told me that he realizes it's used for tracking, but asked me if I knew more about it - i.e. if some law enforcement division is monitoring the site to crack down on users.  I have no idea and therefore figured I would pose the question here.

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Honestly I'd be more concerned about malware than the law.

 

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It's used for tracking, some software also uses (or used) it like UltraDefrag, UltraDefrag Portable, etc.

 

"transferring to google-analystics.com"

 

That is spelled incorrectly!

 

 

How I personally block it is via the Windows HOSTS file:

127.0.0.1  google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1  ssl.google-analytics.com
127.0.0.1  www.google-analytics.com
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and Ghostery blocks it by default too. (probably AdBlock+ also)

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Should also mention I've also found the code for it in HTML Help files of programs. While add-ons like Ghostery will effectively block it when visiting websites, the HOSTS file will block programs system-wide from using it.

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