How do I test a site for tracking cookies?

January 18, 2011 at 17:03:09
Specs: Windows XP, Intel/768RAM
Other than opening a site and getting them, is there a way to test a website for tracking cookies? And I have looked on Google, thanx all Google experts.

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January 18, 2011 at 17:51:43
No, there is no way you can see what is on a web site without going through the web server and downloading whatever the web site owner wants you to download and the cookies with it. The chances are the cookies do not actually exist as a file but are generated by code when the relevant page is requested. To see if you are going to get any tracking cookies you would need access to the server scripts which no sane web site owner would allow.

You can take it as read though that any site that uses adverts, like this one, is also going to be sending you tracking cookies. They are an unavoidable fact of life if you use the Internet.

However a good application like Crap Cleaner will soon get rid of them:


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January 18, 2011 at 17:59:38
Thanks for the clear answer. I thought that was the case.
I enjoy reading your posts and learn a lot from them. Keep up the excellent work, you are a credit to this forum.:-)

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January 18, 2011 at 18:19:18
I use both HitmanPro3.5 and CCleaner to clean out tracking cookies now.

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January 18, 2011 at 21:02:26
Tracking cookies have not been found to be a problem regarding them being malware that causes you problems.
Many anti-malware programs these days are no longer set to look for them by default when you first install the program.

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