1.    04 Feb 2016 #1
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    Huge increase in tracking cookies caused by Win10

    My SUPERAntispyware (free) seems to do a better job than Norton at blocking tracking cookies.
    It blocked 7 or 8 a day on average on my Win7. It's just stopped 257 that have arrived in the past TWO days on my new Win10. Nearly everyone had the name Microsoft in its title.

    So may I ask you guys two questions?
    (1) Should I just accept that this is now the normal way of life and not get angry with Microsoft for the intrusions?
    (2) Does Windows Defenders block tracking cookies? Being cynical, is it programmed to let through all those with Microsoft in its name?

    I use IE11 - not Edge
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  2.    04 Feb 2016 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    What is the location of the cookies?

    Are you blocking third-party cookies?

    Are you using tracking protection in IE?

    Windows Defender does not block cookies
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  3.    05 Feb 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by garydexter View Post
    What is the location of the cookies? Didn't keep a note but will do next time; did see though that every one had Microsoft in their name.
    Are you blocking third-party cookies? Just waiting to find if I can do this in my NIS
    Are you using tracking protection in IE? something I've never done before, nor even knew about it but I've done it now. Thanks.
    Windows Defender does not block cookies. Thanks
    Thanks for a helpful reply
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  4.    05 Feb 2016 #4
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    I've just scanned again, 19 hours after the previous scan. It found 26 cookies per the following list. Do I owe Microsoft an apology i.e. does Microsoft appear in every one just because it's a Microsoft OS?

    Generated 02/05/2016 at 10:40 AM Application Version : 6.0.1212
    Database Version : 12392 Scan type : Complete Scan Total Scan Time : 00:28:11
    O/S Windows 10 Home 64-bit (Build 10.00.10586) UAC On - Limited User
    Memory items scanned: 515 / Memory threats detected: 0
    Registry items scanned: 60469 / Registry threats detected : 0
    File items scanned: 42097 / File threats detected: 26
    Adware.Tracking Cookie
    C:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\81OP6B8G.txtC:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Mi crosoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\81OP6B8G.txt [ /doubleclick.net ]
    C:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\2UE13V66.txtC:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Mi crosoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\2UE13V66.txt [ /adformdsp.net ]
    C:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\K4Y8HEZG.txtC:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Mi crosoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\K4Y8HEZG.txt [ /smaato.net ]
    C:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\6RJHT2QS.txtC:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Mi crosoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\6RJHT2QS.txt [ /server.adformdsp.net ]
    C:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\BP30G6Q3.txtC:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Mi crosoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\BP30G6Q3.txt [ /scorecardresearch.com ]
    C:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\SI7E2UCH.txtC:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Mi crosoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\SI7E2UCH.txt [ /bluekai.com ]
    C:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\SKO1Z4LB.txtC:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Mi crosoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\SKO1Z4LB.txt [ /dotomi.com ]
    C:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\VU5TXMQ4.txtC:\Users\ME\AppData\Local\Mi crosoft\Windows\INetCookies\Low\VU5TXMQ4.txt [ /demdex.net ]
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  5.    05 Feb 2016 #5
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    They're cookies from web browsing.

    You can block third-party cookies with your browser settings of all browsers.
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  6.    06 Feb 2016 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by garydexter View Post
    They're cookies from web browsing.

    You can block third-party cookies with your browser settings of all browsers.
    I did that in IE11, which is the only one that I use but still they come! Just had a thought - I don't use edge so it can't be Edge can it?
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  7.    06 Feb 2016 #7
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    I believe those cookies are used by Windows as well, but you can block all Edge's cookies to be sure:

    Microsoft Edge Cookies - Allow or Block in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  8.    07 Feb 2016 #8
    Join Date : Nov 2015
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    Hello Tairiku - many thanks

    I may have found the answer. I had a brainwave early this morning - must have been the cheese. I'd set up IE11 as my preferred browser but I didn't uninstall Edge. When I click on the Start Menu I see the weather, finance and news items constantly updating so wondered if they came via Edge.

    I opened Edge, bypassed the set-up, went to Settings and eventually found that the Default for cookies was 'don't block'. I've changed it to Block All and I bet that the next time I check, there'll be far fewer cookies picked up.

    I hadn't picked up your helpful advice at that time, Tairiku, so thanks again for that.

    One final question: is there any way for me to tell which browser these annoying beggars come from?
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