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PostPost #1  Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:13 am    Post subject: Adware.Tracking Cookies Reply with quote Back to top

has myheartland always given out Tracking Cookies? only i just ran a routine complete scan with SuperAntiSpyware and there were several from here in the list of detected threats. i've never noticed them from here before.
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PostPost #2  Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

IIRC there's a google analytics cookie, maybe something for facebook and/or twitter, and a cookie for the board software itself. There shouldn't be anything else.

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PostPost #3  Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

The cookies called __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, and __utmz are all Google Analytics cookies (they don't really identify you as an individual, just let QB know how many people are viewing the site, what countries/cities they are from, what browsers they use, what pages they look at, etc)

There are also cookies used by the forum software itself that keep you logged in between visits and during a single visit etc. (heartland_secure_data, heartland_secure_sid, heartland_secure_t)

None of them are dodgy, nor do they track you from site to site or any other such nefarious thing. Utilities such as SuperAntiSpyware can be a little oversensitive at times, and often throw a false positive by default.
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PostPost #4  Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

thats cool, i trust Barry implicitly anyway (how could anything bad come from Heartland?) i just wondered 'cause i'd never seen it before.

as for oversensitive thats why i use SAS and malwarebytes: as i always use c-cleaner before any malware/adware scans i'm happy for anything not removed by clearing the cache to be picked up.
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