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Tracking cookies question

 
 
msolga
 
Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 04:35 am
Recently I updated my Trend anti-virus program.

Since then I have started to (sometimes) receive reports like this one (below) when I scan.

Is this a cause for concern?

There are 4 other "offending" cookies that are regularly named.

Is it a good idea to do the Trend "House call" as suggested?

I'm not sure how to proceed..

Oh, & I also have Adaware & Spybot installed. (I don't know if that's relevant or not)

Advice from anyone in the know would would be most appreciated.

Thanks,
Olga



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In the wild: No

Reported detections: Low



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Description:



Data Miners (Tracking Cookies) are cookies that are used by two or more Web sites to track a user's Web habits for the purpose of providing the user with ads or other material that the user might be interested in.

Similar to adware, data miners can collect a user's information for a third party recipient.

This cookie is installed when you visit the following URL: "tribalfusion.com"



Solution:

Minimum scan engine version needed: 6.810



Trend customers

Keep your pattern file and scan engine updated. Trend Micro antivirus software can clean or remove most types of viruses. Certain viruses, such as Trojans, scripts, overwriting viruses and joke programs which are identified as "uncleanable", should simply be deleted.

All Internet users

For a quick check-up of your PC, use HouseCall - Trend Micro's online virus scanner. This will check for viruses which may already be on your PC.
To keep your computer healthy by catching viruses before they have a chance to infect your PC or network, get the best antivirus solution available today. Trend Micro offers antivirus and content security solutions for home users, corporate users, and ISPs. To look through our entire product line, click here.





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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 04:39 pm
To add to the fun (?) & confusion, I had my first (known) online virus attack episode last night! Oh my goodness!
Trend certainly gets you pressing the panic buttons! Danger, danger, danger !!!!! - shut off your internet connection! NOW! Shocked
I did & had a helluva time figuring out how to restore it.
Ah, exciting adventures in Luddite Land! Embarrassed Confused
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 05:07 pm
One last Luddite question, if I may. (Hey, I might even get a response! Razz )

What's a JSP file? When I tried to clear out my tempory internet files (along with cookies & history file, too, as usual) last night this particular one would not be moved! It's still there this morning. This is the first time I've had this happen. Should I be concerned? And how can I remove it?
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dadpad
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 07:03 pm
JSP = javaserver page file.

I don't fully understand what they do so I best not comment.

re cookies
Update ad aware. Run adaware. Delete as adaware suggests. Immediatly run your Trend AV see if the cookies are still there. If yes do the housecall.

Data miner cookies are not viruses. they keep track of the places you go and info you recieve on the internet. This info is used to determine what advertisments you get to see.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 07:41 pm
A .jsp file typically is nothing to worry about, and, by themselves, neither are tracking cookies. Essentially, .jsp files are used by your browser to render particular webpage components built on Java Technology; while nothing is impossible the likelyhood a .jsp file might be malicious is extremely remote. Tracking cookies, as dadpad said, pretty much just identify where your browser has been, though that info can be used to facillitate serving specific ads to your browser, it also can be used to prevent your browser from serving an ad you've already seen. My advice is to just let your antispyware or antivirus softaware, and/or your cleanup software if you use it, do as they please with both .jsp files and tracking cookies.
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 08:39 pm
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your knowledge & for the advice, dadpad & timber.

It's a relief to know that nothing is drastically wrong. So much was happening to my computer last night that I was seriously wondering ...

Incidentally the stuck, "offending" JSP file is an A2K/intel (? proper name?) one. Something to do with "chunks". Confused Never had that happen before. It's still there.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 09:16 pm
msolga wrote:
Incidentally the stuck, "offending" JSP file is an A2K/intel (? proper name?) one. Something to do with "chunks". Confused Never had that happen before. It's still there.

Thats reasonable; it has to do with the green-underlined keyword advertising which helps support A2K - see This.
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 09:23 pm
But what had me confused, timber, is that it had never happened before & I was wondering how come this time when I cleared my temporary internet files, cookies & history files that one file remained. (I've been doing this before I log off for years now.) Normally every single thing vanishes from my temporary internet files when I do that.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 09:27 pm
Ain't Windows wunnerful? :wink: Mr. Green :wink:



Laughing Rolling Eyes Laughing "Its not a bug, its a feature." Laughing Rolling Eyes Laughing
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 09:37 pm
Tell you what, timber ... between Trend & it's alarming 'tracking" warnings, a real bona fide virus attempt (Danger, danger, danger!) then finding I couldn't clear my temp files as usual.... well, you know, it was a baffling evening!


Oh, & my MSN & Outlook icons just vanished altogether from my taskbar, too! <whimper>

Watta night! Confused Shocked

When I have a minute, soon, I'm going to unplug Bertha (my trusty computer) & take her for a little visit to my trusty tech. This Luddite has had enough excitement for the time-being. Time for a bit of check-up, I think.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 10:12 pm
Prolly not an altogether bad idea, but remember to back up to removable media all of your important personal stuff. Once Bertha gets her professional tune-up, you oughtta give some serious thought to getting yourself into the habit of practicing Safe Hex - treated in a more detailed, slightly techier - but still very accessible for the tech-impaired - manner Here


An ounce of prevention and all that,ya know :wink: :cool:
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msolga
 
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Reply Fri 10 Nov, 2006 10:52 pm
Thanks, timber.

I just want to report that Bertha has (so far! Touch wood!) suffered no stuff-ups at all today.
Perhaps there was a full moon, or something, last night? :wink:
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 11 Nov, 2006 11:23 am
Msolga--

I can identify with your bewildered, guilt-ridden suffering. Computers inhabit a mysterious, new-fangled world and those of us who lack the pass keys are doomed to recurrent trepidation.
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 12 Nov, 2006 01:39 am
Thank you for your understanding, Noddy. You're obviously a woman who knows about the pain I've beem through!

... & I know about yours! :wink:

Guess what? I'm receiving 2 of each email today! Laughing

(A new version of Outlook has been installed ... that's the way it's been from the start. More bloody tinkering! <sigh>)

(ps ... Noddy24 is flowering! Yes! Very Happy She's doing very well, considering the drought & all .... !)
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 12 Nov, 2006 01:49 am
... but this is the good news: last night when I cleared my temporary internet files that stubborn JSP file vanished with the rest! Just like that! A nice, empty, white space where it had doggedly lingered for a while! Surprised


Ah, progress! Very Happy
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sun 12 Nov, 2006 06:38 am
Msolga--

"Drought" is one way of framing the problem on this side of the world. I appreciate your faithful watering. I find it pleasant to contemplate rose roots in Australia.
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 13 Nov, 2006 01:48 am
OK.
Climate change.

Sad
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Mon 13 Nov, 2006 09:07 pm
Over here the Democrats now control the House and Senate and "Global Warming" is not acceptable usage.
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msolga
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2006 01:21 am
Really, Noddy?

What is, do tell!
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Tue 14 Nov, 2006 02:54 pm
Sorry. "Global Warming" is now IN. "Climate Change" is now OUT.
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