Cookies as spyware? (long - includes scan log)

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by RochesterNY, Jun 8, 2006.

  1. RochesterNY

    RochesterNY Guest

    I have had a Blue Screen of Death twice in the past four days on my XP
    computer. The computer has all the Windows updates, gets virus and spyware
    checked twice per week, always comes up clean. And I've never had a virus
    issue with a computer, and the few spyware issues were my own fault and I
    immediately knew that I'd introduced spyware. So I'm pretty good at
    computing safely.

    Doing some investigation into my BSOD (the first two error codes were
    0x000000F4 and 0x00000003), I saw some recommendations that I run pandaware
    on my computer.

    I did, and the pandaware found 89 "spyware" instances. But it turned out
    that these were all cookies. Now I know that cookies can track my web
    behavior, and I have my browsers (mainly Firefox) set to block cookies from
    most of the advertising sites, but I'm wondering now if cookies really can
    be malicious spyware. Can cookies in themselves hijack my processor,
    launch unwanted programs, that kind of stuff?

    Although it's a long thing, I am going to post the pandaware log here, just
    in hopes that someone might comment on it.

    I'd also welcome comments on the four viruses that were found in the scan:

    Virus:W32/Alcan.A.worm
    Disinfected C:\Program Files\winupdates\a.tmp
    Virus:W32/Alcan.A.worm
    Disinfected C:\Program Files\winupdates\a.zip[Setup.exe]
    Virus:W32/Imagrayd.A.wom
    Disinfected D:\My Documents\zzzMusic\George Winston -
    Forest (Piano Solo).zip[Setup.exe]
    Virus:Bck/CrackBox
    Disinfected D:\My Documents\zzzMusic\Veritas Backup Exec
    4.5.exe

    The complete log follows:


    Incident
    Status Location

    Spyware:Cookie/Mediaplex
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.mediaplex.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Statcounter
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.statcounter.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/YieldManager
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [ad.yieldmanager.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/bravenetA
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.bravenet.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Overture
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.overture.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/QuestionMarket
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.questionmarket.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Coremetrics
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [data.coremetrics.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Com.com
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.com.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Zedo
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.zedo.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Adrevolver
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.adrevolver.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/RealMedia
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.realmedia.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Traffic Marketplace
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.trafficmp.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Valueclick
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.valueclick.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Go
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.go.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Bluestreak
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.bluestreak.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Falkag
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.as-
    us.falkag.net/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Humanclick
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [hc2.humanclick.com/hc/88277737]
    Spyware:Cookie/Humanclick
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [hc2.humanclick.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Humanclick
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [hc2.humanclick.com/hc/88277737]
    Spyware:Cookie/Serving-sys
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.serving-
    sys.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Serving-sys
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[bs.serving-
    sys.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Serving-sys
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.serving-
    sys.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/myaffiliateprogram
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.www.myaffiliateprogram.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Overture
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.perf.overture.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/RealMedia
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.247realmedia.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Atwola
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.atwola.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Belnk
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.belnk.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/GoStats
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.c2.gostats.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/360i
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.ct.360i.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/GoStats
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.gostats.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/HotLog
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.hotlog.ru/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Mp3search
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.mp3search.ru/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Target
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.target.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Tucows
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.tucows.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Yadro
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt[.yadro.ru/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Adserver
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\t5uskcui.default\cookies.txt
    [.z1.adserver.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/bravenetA
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.bravenet.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/BurstNet
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.burstnet.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Casalemedia
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.casalemedia.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Com.com
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.com.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Go
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.go.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Screensavers
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt
    [.i.screensavers.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Maxserving
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.maxserving.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Overture
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.perf.overture.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/QuestionMarket
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt
    [.questionmarket.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/RealMedia
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.realmedia.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Seeq
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.seeq.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Statcounter
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.statcounter.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Tribalfusion
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.tribalfusion.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Adserver
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.z1.adserver.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Zedo
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.zedo.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/YieldManager
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt
    [ad.yieldmanager.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/BurstBeacon
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt
    [www.burstbeacon.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Atwola
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\SAVED-11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.atwola.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Atlas DMT
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\SAVED-11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.atdmt.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Doubleclick
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\SAVED-11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt
    [.doubleclick.net/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Advertising
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\SAVED-11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt
    [.advertising.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/2o7
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Mozilla\Profiles\default\SAVED-11lqyqpd.slt\cookies.txt[.2o7.net/]
    Adware:Adware/IST.ISTBar
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Application
    Data\Sun\Java\Deployment\cache\javapi\v1.0\jar\javainstaller.jar-5aa0b436-
    29597223.zip[javainstaller/InstallerApplet.class]
    Spyware:Cookie/YieldManager
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Cookies\User1
    @ad.yieldmanager[1].txt
    Spyware:Cookie/Atwola
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Cookies\User1
    @atwola[2].txt
    Spyware:Cookie/Belnk
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Cookies\User1
    @belnk[1].txt
    Spyware:Cookie/Com.com
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Cookies\User1
    @com[2].txt
    Spyware:Cookie/Belnk
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Cookies\User1
    @dist.belnk[2].txt
    Spyware:Cookie/Screensavers
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Cookies\User1
    @i.screensavers[2].txt
    Spyware:Cookie/2o7
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Cookies\User1
    @microsofteup.112.2o7[1].txt
    Spyware:Cookie/2o7
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Cookies\User1
    @microsoftwga.112.2o7[1].txt
    Adware:Adware/IST.SaferScan
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Local
    Settings\Temp\isinst.exe
    Adware:Adware/IST.SaferScan
    Not disinfected C:\Documents and Settings\User1\Local
    Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\8XI70L2F\istdownload[1].exe
    Virus:W32/Alcan.A.worm
    Disinfected C:\Program Files\winupdates\a.tmp
    Virus:W32/Alcan.A.worm
    Disinfected C:\Program Files\winupdates\a.zip[Setup.exe]
    Spyware:Cookie/Advertising
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc22.txt[.advertising.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/2o7
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc22.txt[.2o7.net/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Doubleclick
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc22.txt[.doubleclick.net/]
    Spyware:Cookie/QuestionMarket
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.questionmarket.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/RealMedia
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.247realmedia.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Com.com
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.com.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/RealMedia
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.realmedia.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Overture
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.overture.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Target
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.target.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Overture
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.perf.overture.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Zedo
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.zedo.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Statcounter
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.statcounter.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Go
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.go.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/GoStats
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.c2.gostats.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/GoStats
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc4.pcv[cookies.txt][.gostats.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Atwola
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc61.txt[.atwola.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Atlas DMT
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc61.txt[.atdmt.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Doubleclick
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc61.txt[.doubleclick.net/]
    Spyware:Cookie/Advertising
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc61.txt[.advertising.com/]
    Spyware:Cookie/2o7
    Not disinfected C:\RECYCLER\S-1-5-21-1409082233-1757981266-
    682003330-1003\Dc61.txt[.2o7.net/]
    Virus:W32/Imagrayd.A.wom
    Disinfected D:\My Documents\zzzMusic\George Winston -
    Forest (Piano Solo).zip[Setup.exe]
    Virus:Bck/CrackBox
    Disinfected D:\My Documents\zzzMusic\Veritas Backup Exec
    4.5.exe
     
    RochesterNY, Jun 8, 2006
    #1
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  2. RochesterNY

    Duane Arnold Guest


    > most of the advertising sites, but I'm wondering now if cookies really can
    > be malicious spyware. Can cookies in themselves hijack my processor,
    > launch unwanted programs, that kind of stuff?


    No, they cannot attack the machine. Cookies hold small amounts of text
    information about your browser session with a Website. That's it and nothing
    else. Cookies are not executable files, therefore, they cannot be execute,
    cannot execute anything and they cannot attack the machine.

    All the cookie crap as part of some kind of malware scheme is totally
    ridiculous and if you have software on your machine executing to take out
    *cookies* you have snake-oil running on the machine.

    Duane :)
     
    Duane Arnold, Jun 8, 2006
    #2
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  3. RochesterNY wrote:
    > I have had a Blue Screen of Death twice in the past four days on my XP
    > computer. The computer has all the Windows updates, gets virus and spyware
    > checked twice per week, always comes up clean. And I've never had a virus
    > issue with a computer, and the few spyware issues were my own fault and I
    > immediately knew that I'd introduced spyware. So I'm pretty good at
    > computing safely.
    >

    (snip)
    Delete all unwanted cookies manually.
    Get and use a large hosts file.
    And if you haven't already got a firewall, get one. I suggest you try
    Outpost.

    Start doing some serious system maintenance.
     
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Brian_H=B9=A9?=, Jun 8, 2006
    #3
  4. On Thu, 08 Jun 2006 12:29:59 +0000, RochesterNY wrote:

    > Doing some investigation into my BSOD (the first two error codes were
    > 0x000000F4 and 0x00000003), I saw some recommendations that I run
    > pandaware on my computer.
    >
    > I did, and the pandaware found 89 "spyware" instances. But it turned out
    > that these were all cookies. Now I know that cookies can track my web
    > behavior, and I have my browsers (mainly Firefox) set to block cookies
    > from most of the advertising sites, but I'm wondering now if cookies
    > really can be malicious spyware. Can cookies in themselves hijack my
    > processor, launch unwanted programs, that kind of stuff?


    Panda are spamming assholes and I wouldn't trust anything they say further
    than I can spit. I'd suggest you go through your cookies and remove Panda
    eferences. However, the fact that both of your BSODs involve mention of
    Panda makes me suspicious, and I would definitely be checking for some
    sort of infestation.
     
    Gary G. Taylor, Jun 8, 2006
    #4
  5. RochesterNY

    thanatoid Guest

    "Gary G. Taylor" <> wrote in
    news:p:

    > On Thu, 08 Jun 2006 12:29:59 +0000, RochesterNY wrote:
    >
    >> Doing some investigation into my BSOD (the first two error
    >> codes were 0x000000F4 and 0x00000003), I saw some
    >> recommendations that I run pandaware on my computer.
    >>
    >> I did, and the pandaware found 89 "spyware" instances.
    >> But it turned out that these were all cookies. Now I know
    >> that cookies can track my web behavior, and I have my
    >> browsers (mainly Firefox) set to block cookies from most
    >> of the advertising sites, but I'm wondering now if cookies
    >> really can be malicious spyware. Can cookies in
    >> themselves hijack my processor, launch unwanted programs,
    >> that kind of stuff?

    >
    > Panda are spamming assholes and I wouldn't trust anything
    > they say further than I can spit. I'd suggest you go
    > through your cookies and remove Panda eferences. However,
    > the fact that both of your BSODs involve mention of Panda
    > makes me suspicious, and I would definitely be checking for
    > some sort of infestation.
    >
    >


    Instead of carrying on this endless thread, why don't you just
    delete the fucking cookies file(s) after every session or every
    few hours and be done with the problem?

    --
    thanatoid-Tip® #25
    Ten boxes with 20 objects in each one are easier to navigate
    than one box with 200 objects in it.
     
    thanatoid, Jun 8, 2006
    #5
  6. RochesterNY

    beenthere Guest

    "thanatoid" <> wrote in message
    news:Xns97DC912DB7E49thanexit@66.250.146.158...
    > "Gary G. Taylor" <> wrote in
    > news:p:
    >
    >> On Thu, 08 Jun 2006 12:29:59 +0000, RochesterNY wrote:
    >>
    >>> Doing some investigation into my BSOD (the first two error
    >>> codes were 0x000000F4 and 0x00000003), I saw some
    >>> recommendations that I run pandaware on my computer.
    >>>
    >>> I did, and the pandaware found 89 "spyware" instances.
    >>> But it turned out that these were all cookies. Now I know
    >>> that cookies can track my web behavior, and I have my
    >>> browsers (mainly Firefox) set to block cookies from most
    >>> of the advertising sites, but I'm wondering now if cookies
    >>> really can be malicious spyware. Can cookies in
    >>> themselves hijack my processor, launch unwanted programs,
    >>> that kind of stuff?

    >>
    >> Panda are spamming assholes and I wouldn't trust anything
    >> they say further than I can spit. I'd suggest you go
    >> through your cookies and remove Panda eferences. However,
    >> the fact that both of your BSODs involve mention of Panda
    >> makes me suspicious, and I would definitely be checking for
    >> some sort of infestation.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Instead of carrying on this endless thread, why don't you just
    > delete the fucking cookies file(s) after every session or every
    > few hours and be done with the problem?
    >
    > --
    > thanatoid-Tip® #25
    > Ten boxes with 20 objects in each one are easier to navigate
    > than one box with 200 objects in it.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Your talking partitions again <g>.
     
    beenthere, Jun 8, 2006
    #6
  7. RochesterNY

    beachman Guest

    Different subject about cookies- The POST button has disappered from the
    24hoursupport.helpdesk. How do I get it back?
    I am having a problem with cookies and need to post it in a new section.


    "beenthere" <> wrote in message
    news:Ba%hg.6616$...
    >
    > "thanatoid" <> wrote in message
    > news:Xns97DC912DB7E49thanexit@66.250.146.158...
    >> "Gary G. Taylor" <> wrote in
    >> news:p:
    >>
    >>> On Thu, 08 Jun 2006 12:29:59 +0000, RochesterNY wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Doing some investigation into my BSOD (the first two error
    >>>> codes were 0x000000F4 and 0x00000003), I saw some
    >>>> recommendations that I run pandaware on my computer.
    >>>>
    >>>> I did, and the pandaware found 89 "spyware" instances.
    >>>> But it turned out that these were all cookies. Now I know
    >>>> that cookies can track my web behavior, and I have my
    >>>> browsers (mainly Firefox) set to block cookies from most
    >>>> of the advertising sites, but I'm wondering now if cookies
    >>>> really can be malicious spyware. Can cookies in
    >>>> themselves hijack my processor, launch unwanted programs,
    >>>> that kind of stuff?
    >>>
    >>> Panda are spamming assholes and I wouldn't trust anything
    >>> they say further than I can spit. I'd suggest you go
    >>> through your cookies and remove Panda eferences. However,
    >>> the fact that both of your BSODs involve mention of Panda
    >>> makes me suspicious, and I would definitely be checking for
    >>> some sort of infestation.
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >> Instead of carrying on this endless thread, why don't you just
    >> delete the fucking cookies file(s) after every session or every
    >> few hours and be done with the problem?
    >>
    >> --
    >> thanatoid-Tip® #25
    >> Ten boxes with 20 objects in each one are easier to navigate
    >> than one box with 200 objects in it.

    > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    > Your talking partitions again <g>.
    >
     
    beachman, Jun 9, 2006
    #7
  8. RochesterNY

    Toolman Tim Guest

    In news:Ba%hg.6616$,
    beenthere spewed forth:
    > "thanatoid" <> wrote in message
    > news:Xns97DC912DB7E49thanexit@66.250.146.158...
    >> "Gary G. Taylor" <> wrote in
    >> news:p:
    >>
    >>> On Thu, 08 Jun 2006 12:29:59 +0000, RochesterNY wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Doing some investigation into my BSOD (the first two error
    >>>> codes were 0x000000F4 and 0x00000003), I saw some
    >>>> recommendations that I run pandaware on my computer.
    >>>>
    >>>> I did, and the pandaware found 89 "spyware" instances.
    >>>> But it turned out that these were all cookies. Now I know
    >>>> that cookies can track my web behavior, and I have my
    >>>> browsers (mainly Firefox) set to block cookies from most
    >>>> of the advertising sites, but I'm wondering now if cookies
    >>>> really can be malicious spyware. Can cookies in
    >>>> themselves hijack my processor, launch unwanted programs,
    >>>> that kind of stuff?
    >>>
    >>> Panda are spamming assholes and I wouldn't trust anything
    >>> they say further than I can spit. I'd suggest you go
    >>> through your cookies and remove Panda eferences. However,
    >>> the fact that both of your BSODs involve mention of Panda
    >>> makes me suspicious, and I would definitely be checking for
    >>> some sort of infestation.
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >> Instead of carrying on this endless thread, why don't you just
    >> delete the fucking cookies file(s) after every session or every
    >> few hours and be done with the problem?
    >>
    >> --
    >> thanatoid-Tip® #25
    >> Ten boxes with 20 objects in each one are easier to navigate
    >> than one box with 200 objects in it.

    > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    > Your talking partitions again <g>.


    Yup. And what is hard about finding something in an alpha-numeric sorted
    list of objects - whether the list of objects contains 20, 200, or 20,000,
    it's in exactly the right spot.

    --
    I always finish what I sta
     
    Toolman Tim, Jun 9, 2006
    #8
  9. RochesterNY

    thanatoid Guest

    <SNIP>

    >> thanatoid-Tip® #25
    >> Ten boxes with 20 objects in each one are easier to
    >> navigate than one box with 200 objects in it.

    > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    > Your talking partitions again <g>.


    I came up with a great #26 but forgot it before I had a chance
    to commit it to the drive. Sorry. Maybe it'll come back...

    BTW I AM right about partitions. AND about cookies. But I AM
    also wrong about a lot of things. And I talk too much.

    I am thanatoid. I guess.
     
    thanatoid, Jun 9, 2006
    #9
  10. RochesterNY

    thanatoid Guest

    <SNIP>

    >>> thanatoid-Tip® #25
    >>> Ten boxes with 20 objects in each one are easier to
    >>> navigate than one box with 200 objects in it.

    >> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    >> Your talking partitions again <g>.

    >
    > Yup.


    It's just a thanatoid-Tip® inspired by the partition debate. You
    don't expect me to come up with a new one every day?!?

    > And what is hard about finding something in an
    > alpha-numeric sorted list of objects - whether the list of
    > objects contains 20, 200, or 20,000, it's in exactly the
    > right spot.


    Nothing, I suppose, if you enjoy scrolling down a display-for-
    morons of a 160GB partition with 700 directories, excuse me,
    folders, using Windows Explorer. I don't.

    BTW, when was the last time you defragged your C drive in less
    than one minute?

    --
    thanatoid-Tip®
    (temporarily suspended by popular demand)
     
    thanatoid, Jun 9, 2006
    #10
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