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COOKIES IN FIREFOX

Discussion in 'Browser Issues' started by BGBG, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. BGBG

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    Need certain cookies for certain websites to be able to login automatically without receiving email or phone call for code. So have been seeing which cookies to allow.Deleting the ones I think I do not want.
    One says "myprivacyswitch.com and it won't let me delete it.
    Anyone know what this is for?
     
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  3. BGBG

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    I did not think I had this but found I do. Have 2.2.0.1024 on window7 7 and 6.045 on XP. I tried the download site you posted and downloaded 7.0.4.4.
    Which of these should I use and keep? I think it may have been turned off. I will try to get rid of this myprivacyswitch thing with malwarebytes. Could not do it otherwise.Is there a way to deal with keeping cookies I recognize and are safe and discarding rest rather than just accepting all and leaving them there or not allowing any and keep logging in to everything or getting email and phone calls with passcode in order to login. I used to have hundreds then decided they wasted space or might be dangerous so I delete them all periodically but then found I could not get favorite sites without re-logging in.
    Meanwhile I am scanning and cleaning with 2.2.0.1024 and 6.045.
    Have gotten away from computers for awhile and now find have forgotten many things and am like a newbie.
    I am thinking maybe it is best NOT to remember logings or autologin and just login each time or get an email or phone call passcode, and then keep all the cookies deleted or cleaned. Got along well that way before and kept the cookies away.

    Attached is the result for XP but I did not recognize myprivacyswitch in result.


    Cleaner finished. MyPrivacySwitch was still there. I selected ands clicked Remove Selected and it went away but then came right back! Several times! Am I doing something wrong? This is XP with version 6.045.
    How do I get rid of this, especially now that I know what it is and who knows how long it has been there.
    I think I will go back to trying to clear all cookies.
     

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  4. BGBG

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    7.0.4.0 actually, says it is not for 32-bit. Anyway I deleted all the cookies.
     
  5. starbuck

    starbuck Administrator - Malware Removal Specialist Administrator

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    This is very confusing.....
    2.2.0.1024 sounds like a very old out of date MalwareBytes version.

    If you are running the old Version 2 of MalwareBytes, you should read this....
    Installing MalwareBytes v3

    6.045 sounds like a very old out of date AdwCleaner version.

    Are you trying to run this on the XP system?
    Version 7 of AdwCleaner is no longer compatible with Windows XP.

    If your Windows XP computer is infected with an Adware/PUP, AdwCleaner may be able to remediate it, but it will only provide you with a false sense of security - your computer is gonna be infected again through the dozens of unpatched vulnerabilities especially since Microsoft set the EOL for security patchs on this platform.

    That's why the choice has been to not support Windows XP anymore.

    For the Win7 system you can get the latest version (7.0.4.0 ) from:
    AdwCleaner

    Another way to remove browser hijackers.... is to reset your browsers.

    To Reset Firefox
    • At the top of the Firefox window, click the Help menu and select Troubleshooting Information
    • Click the Reset Firefox… button in the upper-right corner of the Troubleshooting Information page.
    • To continue, click Reset Firefox in the confirmation window that opens.
    • Firefox will close and be reset. When it's done, a window will list the information that was imported.
    • Click Finish and Firefox will open.
    Note:
    After the reset is finished, your old Firefox profile information will be placed on your desktop in a folder named "Old Firefox Data." If the reset didn't fix your problem you can restore some of the information not saved by copying files to the new profile that was created.
    If you don't need this folder any longer, you should delete it as it contains sensitive information.

    The reset feature works by creating a new profile folder for you while saving your most important data.

    Firefox will try to keep the following data:
    • Bookmarks
    • Browsing history
    • Passwords
    • Cookies
    • Web form auto-fill information
    • Personal dictionary


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    Reset IE back to the defaults.
    • Close any Internet Explorer or Windows Explorer windows that are currently open.
    • Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Internet Explorer.
    • Click the Tools button, and then click Internet Options.
    • Click the Advanced tab, and then click Reset.
    • Select the Delete personal settings check box if you would like to remove browsing history, search providers, Accelerators, home pages, and InPrivate Filtering data.
    • In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, click Reset.
    • When Internet Explorer finishes applying default settings, click Close, and then click OK.
    • Close Internet Explorer.
    • Your changes will take effect the next time you open Internet Explorer.

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    To reset Google Chrome
    • Click the Menu option button at the top right of the Google Chrome screen
    • Select Settings.
    • Click Show advanced settings and find the "Reset browser settings” section.
    • Click Reset browser settings.
    • In the dialogue that appears, click Reset. Note: When the "Help make Google Chrome better by reporting the current settings" tick box is selected you are anonymously sending Google your Chrome settings. Reporting these settings allows us to analyse trends and work to prevent future unwanted settings changes.

    Resetting your browser settings will impact the settings below:

    Default search engine and saved search engines will be reset and to their original defaults.
    Homepage button will be hidden and the URL that you previously set will be removed.
    Default startup tabs will be cleared. The browser will show a new tab when you startup or continue where you left off if you're on a Chromebook.
    New Tab page will be empty unless you have a version of Chrome with an extension that controls it. In that case your page may be preserved.
    Pinned tabs will be unpinned.
    Content settings will be cleared and reset to their installation defaults.
    Cookies and site data will be cleared.
    Extensions and themes will be disabled.
     
  6. BGBG

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    WOW ! Lots of work ahead. Thank very much for this involved explanation.
    I got the 2.2.0.1024 in Oct 2015 and never used it much.
     
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  7. BGBG

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    Here are results of scan on W7 (see notepad file). I know almost nothing about this. Need an education.
    The MyPrivacySwitch.com cookie is gone now. Somewhere I read a post on suggested settings for Firefox. I have Firefox 56 on W7 and 52 on XP. I guess XP is not very secure these days.
     

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    Those entries haven't been removed yet.
    Please re-run AdwCleaner
    • Click on the Scan button.

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    • AdwCleaner will begin to scan your computer.
    • After the scan has finished...
    • Click on the Clean button.(if anything is found)

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    • Press OK when asked to close all programs.

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    • Press OK again to allow AdwCleaner to restart the computer and complete the removal process.
    • After rebooting, a logfile report (AdwCleaner[C0].txt) will open automatically.
    • Copy and paste the contents of that logfile in your next reply.
    • A copy of that logfile will also be saved in the C:\AdwCleaner folder.

    That would be putting it mildly.
    I still have an XP system ( just used for music storage/playing )..... but I wouldn't ever let it go on the internet.
     

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