Tracking cookies are tiny files that get downloaded and saved to your computer’s drive when you browse the web. Unlike regular cookies, which are used to store specific information related to your website visit on your PC to facilitate future visits to the same site, tracking cookies are used to gather information on your activity and transfer it to the cookie publisher. Sometimes this information may contain data that can undermine your privacy and lead to unwanted results.
Tracking cookies can be cleaned out and their accumulation can be prevented with special software that detects and eliminates cookies and other unwanted items – download here.
The article provides details on the symptoms and causes of tracking cookie accumulations, as well as ways to remove tracking cookies from a PC.
Symptoms of tracking cookie accumulations
The unfortunate thing about accumulations of tracking cookies on a computer is the fact that there are usually no specific symptoms. Cookies are designed to work in the background without displaying any dialogs or other windows or requiring user action. Any data transmission, both malicious and benign, also happens in the background. A user may have just a couple or hundreds of tracking cookies on their computer and never know it.
Causes of tracking cookie accumulations
As it may be clear from the symptoms description, tracking cookies usually slip onto a computer hard drive unnoticed. Once there, they do not take up much space and do not exhibit any visible signs of activity. Because of that, most PC users do not realize they have anything wrong on their PC until something negative happens, the worst being ID theft or a virus infection that leads to a snowball of issues, some of which may be as serious as BSOD’s or a computer that doesn’t boot anymore. But until (or unless) this happens, tracking cookies may remain unnoticed and accumulate to the point that they may start affecting PC performance on their own.
Ways to remove tracking cookies from a PC
Advanced PC users may be able to clean out tracking cookies from PC by locating all folders that may contain cookies saved for all web browsers installed on a computer, and then manually removing all unwanted cookies from these locations. However, since there is always a risk of mistaking a crucial system file for an unneeded temporary file or cookie and causing malfunctions through its removal, whenever a user is in any doubt of their technical skills or knowledge, they should only use special software that is meant to detect and safely remove only the truly unneeded cookies and other files without requiring any special skills.
Safe way to remove tracking cookies from a PC:
- Click here to download the tracking cookie removing application
- Install and launch the application
- Click the Scan Now button to detect tracking cookies and other issues
- Click the Repair Now button to clean up PC
The same application can be used to run preventative scans to keep duplicate files from accumulating.