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CatBurgler
post Nov 3 2011, 03:31 AM
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Hi I scanned an found 752 cookies though BitDefender Total Security found 13 to be infected. My question is what exactly does infected concerning a cookie really mean ? Is it that it sends information or receives information during a certain time or is this a real computer operating system or disk type destructive virus that corrupts files and other such malicious activity. Does someone know please ?
If someone lets Me know then perhaps I can better set cookie blocking if I know more about it and what to look for.
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nikki605
post Nov 3 2011, 12:11 PM
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Cookie - as explained in the BD User's Guide:

Cookie
Within the Internet industry, cookies are described as small files containing
information about individual computers that can be analyzed and used by
advertisers to track your online interests and tastes. In this realm, cookie
technology is still being developed and the intention is to target ads directly
to what you've said your interests are. It's a double-edge sword for many people
because on one hand, it's efficient and pertinent as you only see ads about
what you're interested in. On the other hand, it involves actually "tracking" and
"following" where you go and what you click. Understandably so, there is a
debate over privacy and many people feel offended by the notion that they are
viewed as a "SKU number" (you know, the bar code on the back of packages
that gets scanned at the grocery check-out line). While this viewpoint may be
extreme, in some cases it is accurate.


It's not an easy question to answer because different people have different opinions.

Regards,

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Yourkard
post Nov 14 2011, 04:08 AM
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QUOTE (CatBurgler @ Nov 2 2011, 07:31 PM) *
Hi I scanned an found 752 cookies though BitDefender Total Security found 13 to be infected. My question is what exactly does infected concerning a cookie really mean ? Is it that it sends information or receives information during a certain time or is this a real computer operating system or disk type destructive virus that corrupts files and other such malicious activity. Does someone know please ?
If someone lets Me know then perhaps I can better set cookie blocking if I know more about it and what to look for.
Thanks
CatBurglerV8 (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)


My question is if the scan identifies them as "infected" why doesn't BD block them before they get on my hdd?
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Christian
post Nov 14 2011, 07:23 AM
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Hello

You have all the details about cookies here:

http://www.bitdefender.com/support/What-ar...-threats-1.html

The are not blocked by the real time protection because some of them are used in log-in processes on some websites.

A cookie itself cannot harm the computer, as it does not and cannot hold code (therefore the cookie cannot perform an action itself).

Please let us know if you have any other questions. Have a great week.
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