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 Ham Member 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 Ham Member 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.
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