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O.P. Huh?  Are cookies considered malware?
I have noticed that for most malware scanners (Spyware Doctor,etc) cookies are considered low risk malware. My experience has shown that selecting cookies for removal after a scan in general creates more problems than advantages (I had an issue of Bookmarks corruption in Firefox due to this). So, am I safe leaving cookies in my PC? Does it compromise my PC's security?
07-08-2009 11:44 AM
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RE: Are cookies considered malware?
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So, am I safe leaving cookies in my PC?
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Does it compromise my PC's security?
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Cookies are subject to a number of misconceptions, mostly based on the erroneous notion that they are computer programs that run on a user's computer. In fact, cookies are simple pieces of text data that affect the operation of a web server, not the client, and do so in very specific ways. In particular, they are neither spyware nor viruses, although cookies from certain sites are described as spyware by many anti-spyware products because they can allow users to be tracked when they visit various sites.

Most modern browsers allow users to decide whether to accept cookies, and the time frame to keep them, but rejecting cookies makes some websites unusable. For example, shopping carts or login systems implemented using cookies do not work if cookies are disabled.

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RE: Are cookies considered malware?
Most cookies have similar contents and purposes, and all are harmless, though sites can use them maliciously. If you want to be sure, you can configure your web browser to accept cookies only from the originating domain i.e. visiting example.com won't leave a cookie from example.net.

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RE: Are cookies considered malware?
The main "malicious" use is tracking which sites you go to so that they can serve you ads that you will be more likely to click on.

It's simply a privacy issue.
07-09-2009 12:42 AM
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