Judi has to remove threats from her computer every day

By | November 12, 2011
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Judi wants to know why she has threats that need to be removed almost every day
I keep getting threats that are removed when I run SuperAntiSpyware (paid version). It seems to happen daily. I would like to know the cost of Reimage. I know it is 15% off for us CloudEight subscribers but since I am a senior citizen and retired I need to know what my cost will be. Is this for a one time use or good for one year? Thank you so much for all you do for us. You keep me informed of what is going on in this computer world.

Our Answer
Thanks Judi. We’d really love to sell you Reimage – it’s a great program that can fix serious Windows errors and broken Windows installations…and we do have a 15% discount available for all Cloudeight Subscribers. We really need the money and we really believe in Reimage – but you don’t really have the kind of problem that would require you to purchase Reimage. In fact you don’t have to do anything more than what you’re doing — because those “threats” aren’t really threats at all.

We use and recommend SUPERAntiSpyware – it’s the best antispyware available. But its caught up in a very competitive (and lucrative) market and in order to compete it has to offer the same “features” as the others do. You can thank marketing geniuses at McAfee and Norton for the scary term “Tracking Cookies”. And though you never specified what the threats are that are being removed almost daily – but “almost daily” makes us almost certain that the threats being removed are tracking cookies. It’s shame that such nonsense is allowed to go on and on and it’s shame that in order to compete SUPERAntiSpyware has to follow what others are doing. Whether you call them tracking cookies, spyware cookies, or cookies, they’re all cookies. Cookies are text files. They can’t alter your registry, they can’t execute (run), they can’t change your settings. They are harmless text files that store information about your visits to certain Web sites.

Cookies serve a lot of purposes – they can store your preferences for your favorite sites, they can prevent you from seeing the same ads or popups on different pages of the same site, and yes they can keep track of what pages you visit on a web site or a certain group of web sites owned by the same entity – and these are called tracking cookies. And they are not “threats” to your computer or to you (unless you’ve been visiting sites you shouldn’t have and someone looks at your cookies). Calling them tracking cookies is a great marketing gimmick – and if you are in the security software business and your competitors find “tracking cookies” then your program better find them too.

But tracking cookies are no more of a threat than other cookies – and cookies in general are no more of a threat than a chocolate chip cookie. You’re doing the right thing by allowing SUPERAntiSpyware to remove these cookies because cookies are, after all, junk files. You should always remove cookies (tracking or otherwise) as you should remove temp files. All these files clutter up your computer and it’s always good to keep clutter at a minimum if only as a matter of good housekeeping.

The reason why you are getting these “threats” almost daily is because every time you browse the web, cookies are being dropped on your computer by almost every web site you visit. Some of these, for whatever reason, will be dubbed “tracking cookies”. But rest assured, tracking cookies are just plain text files and they cannot harm your computer and they carry a very low risk of causing significant privacy concerns.

We often get miffed when we see some techno blogger rambling on about the dangers of cookies. Worrying about cookies when there are so many real threats out there is like worrying about a 50-cent helium balloon in a hurricane. Don’t worry, Judi. It’s just SUPERAntiSpyware trying to compete in a very competitive security software market.

7 thoughts on “Judi has to remove threats from her computer every day

  1. Norene Tidd

    You didn’t answer the question about price. I also went to find out the costs because of being a senior citizen the pennies have to be watched.

    1. infoave Post author

      She doesn’t need to know the price of Reimage because she doesn’t need it. If you’re interested in the price you can simply click this link and the price is 15% less than the retail price (approx. $59.45) for unlimited repairs for a year — this is about 50% less than the cost of one GeekSquad fix. We were not trying to conceal the price — we didn’t see any need to mention it to this person because she didn’t need it for her problem.

  2. Jean Leclair

    I had the same problems, always tracking cookies. I also had problems this week, (called a trojan named “Zeus”)I scanned with SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes, MicroSoft Essentials and hopefully it took care of it. I do have a very slow system still but shows no other problems. I have defragged, clean the registry and typing this “omment” has been very slow. My computer is up in age, almost (7) years old. If you have any ideas I sure would appeiate it. I am on Windows XP and have no other problems until now

  3. Kerryn

    Well this makes me wonder if my SuperAntiSpyware (paid version) is working as I have never had any threats show up yet (touch wood). I used to have ZoneAlarmPro and it went overboard on tracking cookies – drove me nuts!
    Is there something in SuperAntiSpyware that you can set to ignore cookies? that could explain my lack of threat warnings.

    1. infoave Post author

      Because it was not relevant to her question…she doesn’t need Reimage so we’re not trying to sell it to her.

  4. theoann

    I use quickcare and advanced system quickcare–think
    I got their website from this newsletter awhile back.
    Sure helps my older laptop and I use it like 3 times
    per week and only repair high risk registry errors
    it picks up–we shouldn’t be changing the registry
    system alot. Hope this speeds up your computer. Always
    defrag too. Annie in MI


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