too many cookies

Toshiba / Harman/kardon
January 4, 2009 at 10:07:00
Specs: Windows XP SP2, 000
I know tracker cookies are no harm most of the time, but I do a scan atleast every week (more if I have been downloading anything), and even though I wouldn't be on a lot of sites, i always have atleast 100 tracker cookies. I just did a scan and had 108. I wouldn't usually be on more then 3 or 4 different sites, (social networking mostly, email accounts and college) which is why I find it strange. Is this a problem? The anti virus deletes them everytime I do a scan anyway, but my laptop has gotten very slow on the net lately and regularly freezing. I don't seem to have any virus.

Any information will be great help.

Thanks everyone.

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January 4, 2009 at 16:45:22
We can run some scans that will detect many bad files. Often cookies are associted with them because they basically mark the site so next time you visit it you get there sometimes a little quicker or so you are marked. I have about 90 right now but volume does not mean a lot.

If you want us to take a look run the following scans and post their logs.

Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from one of these sites:



Rename the setup file, mbam-setup.exe, before you download it. To do that once the "enter name of file to save to" box appears as the download begins int the filename box rename mbam-setup.exe to tool.exe> click save.

1. Double Click tool.exe to install the application.
2. Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
3. If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
4. Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan. The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.
5. When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
6. Make sure that everything found is checked, and click Remove Selected.
7. When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart. If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediately.
8. The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
9. Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.

Please download and install the latest version of HijackThis v2.0.2:

Download the "HijackThis" Installer from this link:
Hijack This

1. Save " HJTInstall.exe" to your desktop.
2. Double click on HJTInstall.exe to run the program.
3. By default it will install to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis.
4. Accept the license agreement by clicking the "I Accept" button.
5.Click on the "Do a system scan and save a log file" button. It will scan and then ask you to save the log.
6. Click "Save log" to save the log file and then the log will open in Notepad.
7. Click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" to copy the entire contents of the log.
8. Paste the log in your next reply.
9. Do NOT have HijackThis fix anything yet! Most of what it finds will be harmless or even required.

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January 5, 2009 at 06:44:13
Thanks very much for your reply jabuck. I ran the malware bytes quick scan, and it did find something. A bit disappointing that AVG didn't spot it. Here's the log:

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.32
Database version: 1617
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2

05/01/2009 14:37:12
mbam-log-2009-01-05 (14-37-12).txt

Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 126805
Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 9 minute(s), 9 second(s)

Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 1
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 0
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0

Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{af2e62b6-f9e1-4d4f-a10a-9dc8e6dcbcc0} (Adware.VideoEgg) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.

Registry Values Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Registry Data Items Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Folders Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Files Infected:
(No malicious items detected)

Could that have been anything to do with all the cookies? I read on a forum that adware.videoegg is connected to bebo somehow, which I'm on frequently.

Thanks again for your help. I'll install hijack this next. Do you think I should run a full scan of malware bytes?

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January 5, 2009 at 06:52:44
I did the scan for hijack this and have the log, just not sure about security putting that up where everyone can see it.

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January 5, 2009 at 16:54:03
There is nothing on the Hijack This log anyone can use to exploit you.

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