Tracking Cookie

Classification

Spyware

Trackware

W32

TrackingCookie, Tracking_cookie, trackingcookie.[variant]

Summary

A type of cookie (a small data file saved by a website onto the user's computer or device) that shares details of the user's web browsing activities between two or more unrelated sites or services.

Removal

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it may block the file from running, move it to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or ask you to select an action.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

Find out more

Knowledge Base

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User Guide

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Contact Support

Chat with or call an expert for help.

Submit a sample

Submit a file or URL for further analysis.

Technical Details

A normal cookie contains detail of what a visitor has done on a particular website, such as the pages they visited, the contents of their electronic carts and so on. A website that uses cookies will save it onto the visitor's computer or device, and then retrieve it when the same visitor later returns, so that they can 'recreate' the previous experience the visitor had and provide a seamless experience.

Tracking cookies are a specialized type of cookie that can be shared by more than one website or service. They are commonly used for legitimate marketing and advertising purposes, but because they contain a history of the user's actions on multiple sites, they may be exploited or misused to track the user's behavior.

Marketing and advertising

When used for marketing, a website may share its tracking cookie with a third-party analytics service, which examines how visitors behave so they can improve the site's designs or offerings.

It is also common for a third-party advertising service to offer advertising content and a tracking cookie that can be shared between sites, so that whenever a visitor moves from one site to another, they can be shown new advertising instead of the same content they had previously seen.

Advertising and marketing services typically anonymize and collate data from thousands or even millions of users, making it highly unlikely that any individual's habits are closely examined. Many users however still express discomfort at the idea of their web browsing habits being tracked.

Disabling Cookies

Most modern web browsers allow users to block websites from saving cookies onto their computers, or only allowing certain websites to do so. Alternatively, many privacy-conscious users just clear their browser cache after every session to remove any saved cookies, or use security software to do so.

Many websites do not function correctly if cookie use is disabled. For example, websites with password-protected areas and retail sites with shopping cart systems usually require cookies for certain features to work.

More

Examples of tracking cookies include:

  • TrackingCookie.2o7
  • TrackingCookie.Adbrite
  • TrackingCookie.Adform
  • TrackingCookie.Adinterax
  • TrackingCookie.Admeta
  • TrackingCookie.Adrevolver
  • TrackingCookie.Adtech
  • TrackingCookie.Adtoma
  • TrackingCookie.Advertising
  • TrackingCookie.Atdmt
  • TrackingCookie.Atwola
  • TrackingCookie.Clickbank
  • TrackingCookie.Doubleclick
  • TrackingCookie.Emediate
  • TrackingCookie.Imrworldwide
  • TrackingCookie.Instadia
  • TrackingCookie.Mediaplex
  • TrackingCookie.Questionmarket
  • TrackingCookie.Research-int
  • TrackingCookie.Revsci
  • TrackingCookie.sitestat
  • TrackingCookie.Specificclick
  • TrackingCookie.Statcounter
  • TrackingCookie.Statswhere
  • TrackingCookie.Tradedoubler
  • TrackingCookie.Webtrends
  • TrackingCookie.Xiti
  • TrackingCookie.Yieldmanager
  • TrackingCookie.Zanox