I keep getting garbage, how do I stop it ?

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  1. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    For weeks now while I'm reading newspapers the "box" on the left of the PC which shows which site I've been looking at fills up with garbage like the following



    I assume I'm being tracked by some organisation, I have to close the computer and begin again because they won't allow me to remove them

    Can anyone suggest an answer, Avast doesn't stop them ?

    Regards, Mel G0GQK
  2. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member QRZ Page

  3. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page


    It don't bog your system down, and you can select a Host Block file on the fly.

    The Internet is getting to be a Unsafe Place to Be.
  4. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member QRZ Page

    It was never safe to begin with. Nothing's changed.

    It's people's own stupidity that generally gets them into trouble.
  5. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I agree, and the law is about to come down on them.

    I think that a person does need some private tho.

    No Virus Software can fix stupid...
  6. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member QRZ Page

    Then stay off the Internet. You might want to live in a cave as well.

    No argument there.
  7. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Subscriber QRZ Page

    A title like that could have been said by my WIFE!!!!

    The answer?

    Take out a CONTRACT on me!
  8. G4COE

    G4COE Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you don't want folks trackin' n' knowin' try Googling for DNT+ (Do Not Track Plus) also, did you know Flash stores your browsing data not in one folder but two? Why two I ask?

    Two folders to delete is 'Shared objects' and 'Macromedia.com', rather than explain have a shufty here... it *may* make your hair stand on end!These folders are hidden and can be found in the users Macromedia folder

    http://www.wired.com/business/2009/08/you-deleted-your-cookies-think-again/ another opne worth reading is http://www.sevenmilesearch.com/2011/01/15/ebay-paypal-and-amazon-secretly-track-you/ they follow every transaction you make!

    I configured Crap Cleaner to delete these two folders on start up, here's how to do it http://techtrickz.com/how-to/completely-remove-flash-cookies-with-ccleanaer-how-to/ I understand the latest edition of Chrome browser also lets you delete them, but do check to make sure.

    See how Google uses your data:
    http://www.seomoz.org/blog/the-evil-side-of-google-exploring-googles-user-data-collection .

    Even documents can be traced back to the printer it was printed on!!!!

    Thought I'd throw the others in for good measure.

  9. KT1F

    KT1F Ham Member QRZ Page

    I assume the "box on the left" is the browser history. They're just ads on the sites you visit. DoubleCick is Google's ad server. I don't know who the second one is. It doesn't resolve to an IP address and adhxs.com doesn't even appear to be a registered domain.

    Don't worry about them. Just clear cookies in your browser regularly if you're worried about being tracked. Avast won't do anything because they're not a virus or malware. Avast might block the cookies they leave (I don't know about that) but it won't stop your browser requesting those ads when you visit a site. Some sort of ad blocker might do that.
  10. KT1F

    KT1F Ham Member QRZ Page

    The latest versions of FireFox, Chrome and Internet Explorer all delete Flash cookies when you do the standard clear cookies action within the browser. You really don't need extra utilities to do that. FireFox has been doing it for a year or two. I don't know when the others started.

    That's a little misleading and scaremongering. A lot of the stuff he lists is what happens if you have a Google account and are using their sites for their intended purpose. If you buy something through Google Checkout then of course it records ("tracks") your transaction. If you login to Google Finance and enter data then of course it remembers that. If you're not logged in to Google then most or all of the other stuff depends on cookies. If you're an anonyomous user on Google Translation then the only way it associates what you did with you is via a cookie they gave you. They still don't know who you are. They just know that you're the same person (same computer) if you return with the same cookie. Clear cookies and they won't know when or if you come back.
  11. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think two would be needed.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  12. G4COE

    G4COE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I use Firefox but not the latest versions so I wouldn't know if they deleted them or not, are you sure the delete both of them I ask? It was written somewhere that Firefox became as bad as Phorm used to be, my last read ups going back sometime was Firefox and Google are now best buddies and share collected data.

    If you think about browsers aren't free for nothing, they are free for a reason I'd say! Crap Cleaner takes very little space and well worth it because you have it doing it on start up... in fact *some* websites can tell you a little more about the machine your running let alone the user & browsing history - why would they want to do that?

    True, half the time folks get paranoid about cookies but more than many are trackers. Take Google, you go on to a site.... your wife comes to use it and there's all the naughty adds on the right hand side - no tea, no supper and peaceful silence for a week or two, what good fun!

  13. KA9JLM

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    That is funny Dave.

    I guess there is a upside to everything.

    You are correct.

    I use Firefox and it is a hog.

    The cookies are not needed in many cases. Site Blocking is a sure way to not get the cooties in the first place.

    Don't forget to block the Facebook site also, Even if you don't use it your computer goes there.

    Your wife may not like FB blocked on her computer, But it could get You a month of silence.

    paranoia will destroy ya.
  14. KT1F

    KT1F Ham Member QRZ Page

    To see what Flash cookies and other Adobe stuff your browser is storing, go here:


    Then click on some of the links, especially the privacy and storage settings. You'll probably see some Flash cookies listed. Clear cookies in your browser and refresh the page. If your browser deletes them then they should be gone.

    I think Firefox used to get lots of money from Google but that's because of the default home page showing Google. They (Mozilla Foundation?) get paid something every time someone used Google search from that page. Of course Google make their money from ads on the search result page. I think that money flow to Mozilla may have stopped now. I don't think they're sharing data. FireFox is open source so they'd never get away with that.

    Maybe. I've heard lots of people using it so it's probably okay but I generally recommend avoiding oddball "cleaner" and "we'll fix your computer" type products.
  15. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for all the help, I put the recommended sites into favourites and I'll read them later.
    I'm not so much worried about being tracked, the only stuff on this PC are newspapers and magazines, ham radio sites. I don't buy on the internet, and never click on adverts
    Tonight after visiting all the newspapers there is nothing in the browser box, I couldn't remember its name !. But one newspaper The Independent, not only is it slow to load, it has all the garbage. It fills up the browser but doesn't allow me to get back to Google, I have to return to the desktop. I never go near E bay, Amazon or Paypal.
    I checked Avast and the only item in the chest is a year old

    Anyway thanks for all the replies, Mel
  16. KA9JLM

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    Why would a person want to go to a website to see what cookies are on a machine ?

    To give the site a chance to save them, before you delete them ?

    If you don't keep up with your own cookies, Then your cookie jar is broken.
  17. G4COE

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    I agree Don, why would one go to a website to find what cookies they're storing when they are on ones computer? Take it or leave it anyway you like, I don't trust Flash with a bent penny or dime - why would they want to know what I get up to, they or anybody for that matter, why should Google spy on one so they know what ads to bombard them with.

    Ya oughta know by now now't ain't free for now't... folks round here don't go dishing free meals out, or do they?

    If Flash wants to know what I've been up to, they'd better come quick or their beloved cookies will get cleared. Maybe we're straying off-topic here but going back to the op how come he's getting bombarded, the data has gotta be held somewhere and computers ain't that clever yet!

  18. K8ERV

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    The cookies will all be gone after Santa visits.

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  19. G4COE

    G4COE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I reckon them reigning deers will eat em all up.

  20. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    You crack me up Tom.

    That is funny. You are the best.

    As far as Free Software goes, I only offer my software free because people should not have to pay, just to use their computer, for the intended reason that they bought it for.

    People have rights and most of even the paid for stuff has Spyware.

    Don't be fooled just because you pay for it.
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