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Tracking Cookies Troubleshooting

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, I am having problems with Tracking Cookies and wondering how to fix it?”
    - Stephen C., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer:

Overview of Tracking Cookies

Tracking cookies can be frustrating to regular PC computer users.

These tracking cookies send information to the origin site concerning where you have been on the computer. This is something that many people get very angry about, because it takes away some of the privacy that you want and need when you are surfing the Internet.

Tracking cookies are picked up on most every website that you visit, unless you have your settings set to not accept them. The tracking cookies store information about what you have looked at and they can even contain your login information and more. The websites send these cookies to your computer and you probably do not even know it, and they send information back to their website.

Just as you pick up germs or dust from every place that you go physically, so does your computer on each and every website that you go to and the browsing around that you do. While you may not like it that your privacy is being hindered in this way, it is a fact of life when using computers, unless you take steps to not accept the tracking cookies.

What Problems are Associated with Tracking Cookies?

These tracking cookies cannot carry viruses and cannot install harmful software to your computer.

However, they can breach the security of your browser and act as a sort of spyware for different websites. This is primary what bothers computer users, because it is a major privacy breach.

While most tracking cookies are secure, if they are not, these cookies data can be used by a hacker to access your data and it can possibly even gain data about the website that you received the tracking cookies from.

Tracking cookies can slow down the response of your computer, they can cause problems in downloading, and in booting up, as far as the time it takes to do so. This is why tracking cookies are so hated by most computer users and why many of them try to find ways to keep their computer from accepting the cookies and try to delete them as often as possible.

Tracking cookies serve a purpose, but they can also invade your privacy in a way that most people do not approve of.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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