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I read an article in PCMagazine about spyware (March 2003 I think). In case you are unaware, Spyware is the label given to cookies that allegedly track your web surfing. The article detailed the problem of website programmer's adding these cookies without fully disclosing their intent which again is to track your internet activity.

I do not have any problem with a programmer doing this if (s)he gets permission, but I am uncomfortable with the idea that several companies are going to track my family's web surfing activity without my knowledge. I just had a newborn son. So, maybe I am simply in "overprotective mode" of my family's privacy. However, this really bothers me.

So, I took PCMagazine's advice and went with the spyware that they recommended (this one is free if you are interested):

I found the program easy to use and within a matter of minutes had it working. True to form, it found over 200 cookies that had been tracking our internet activity. I then selected "Fix selected Problems" and in no time it had these cookies deleted.

Now, my current problem: I occasionally run this anti-spyware program to clean off my computer. It always finds at least 7 spyware cookies on my machine (usually the same 7). I have no trouble wiping them off. However, I would like to find a way to prevent these specific cookies from getting on my computer without eliminating every cookie. (I keep getting the image of Sesame Street's Cookie Monster in my head everytime I use that word, but I digress...)

The anti-spyware program has an "immunize" feature. However, either I am not using it correctly or it is not capable of preventing selected spy-ware cookies from saving themselves on my machine.

If anyone has a suggestion, I would love to hear it. Thanks for reading this far down.

- Opie

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