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myleswest
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December 15, 2014 - 12:15 pm
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Hi,
I use IE on my windows 7 PC, but once in a while I will use Firefox because in IE my Gmail account will no longer allow me to drag & drop images into my email. They keep telling me that IE is out of date and needs to be updated, But it is updated.
Anyway,
after using the IE Browser all day, before I shut down for the night I run 'Super Anti Spyware' and it on average will have to clean 1 to 3 adware / tracking cookies / spyware.
But if I use Firefox for 10 minutes and then run Super Anti Spyware the results have shown up to 56 adware / tracking cookies / spyware items to be cleaned.
Why would that be so? Is there a way to prevent that from happening?
I have attached a screen capture after using Firefox for only 2 minutes!
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December 15, 2014 - 5:44 pm
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Myles, this is quite possible, depends entirely on which sites you are visiting during that 2 minutes.

There are a lot of tracking cookies in that list, you need to adjust your Firefox settings:

Go to Tools>Options and open the Privacy tab.
Under "History" select "Use custom settings for history" from the drop down menu.
Under "Accept third-party cookies" select "Never".
Enable the option to "Clear history when Firefox closes".

Now click on the Settings button.
Select the items you want cleared whenever Firefox is closed.
Close out.

Here's how I have the history settings setup in my Firefox:

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You should also consider installing an anti-tracking add-on such as Privacy Badger, Here's a link to a recent review on DCT: https://davescomputertips.com/enhance-online-privacy-with-privacy-badger/

**NOTE: I would like to know how many toolbars are installed on that machine. How many toolbars are displayed in Firefox?
If you go to Control Panel>Programs and Features and check down the list of installed programs, how many toolbars are listed?

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December 15, 2014 - 6:31 pm
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I copied the settings that you have.

I took screen captures of the program list because you said you would like to see what was there. I could not see any toolbars.
Am I missing something?
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December 15, 2014 - 6:42 pm
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No, you are not missing anything Myles, all good.

I just wanted to check because a lot of toolbars are connected with third party advertizing and will prompt excessive tracking activity.

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December 15, 2014 - 6:50 pm
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Thank you so very much for the usual expert tech help. You guys are the best.

I've heard the terrible news of the Hostage taking in Sydney. May God bless Australia! There are a lot of good God fearing people here in the U.S.A. that are praying for you all.

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December 16, 2014 - 11:30 am
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myleswest, try adding "uncheky" to Firefox.

Tired of unchecking unrelated offers while installing software?
Have you ever felt, while installing software, that the installer tries to push additional unwanted programs at all cost? Ever missed a checkbox, and spent hours afterwards removing adware? Ever opened your browser after an installation, only to find out that you have a new homepage, a new search engine, or even a new browser?
Unchecky aims to keep potentially unwanted programs out of your computer.

Press here to download, Mindblower!

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