SAS shows many Adware cookies

  Muergo 16 Nov 11
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SAS which I have on a regular timed scan shows up Adware cookies as threats, but can they do any harm at all. I routinely delete them all as they were described as threats but am I deleting something which might be useful if left on. I wish there was a way for the program to differentiate between real nasty threats and not marketing tools if that's all they are.

  rdave13 16 Nov 11

Select custom scan and you can untick cookies.

  Muergo 16 Nov 11

OK rdave, but would that lower the security level?, what I want to know is if there could be any malware in these cookies or are they all harmless?

  rdave13 16 Nov 11

There could be malware that's why I run in default mode and delete all it finds.

  john bunyan 16 Nov 11
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I delete all SAS tracking cookies, in fact I use CCleaner as well which deletes all cookies and I find no problems. I have Spywareblaster as well, and have (in IE9) implimented Tools/ Safety /Tracking Protection and have installed a couple of the blockers on offer. All this has reduced the tracking cookies found by SAS to about 2.

  Muergo 16 Nov 11

Thanks a lot rdave and john b, that's all I wanted to know, I'll go along with you and keep monitoring and deleting them, I don't know why so many get through for SAS to pick up unless they are via Firefox, I am running FF as well as IE9 because of continuing graphisc problems with FF.

I am a bit wary of CCleaner as I overdeleted once and lost some files I needed to keep, I'm not fussy about getting every bit of disc space available as this new (ish) PC I bought has a 1Tb hard drive which is way over what I need.

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