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I’m frustrated

Ghostery simply isnt working.

My anti-virus just removed 20+ tracking cookies that are on my blocklist. This has happened on several occasions. I checked my block list and made sure the ones that were found were supposed to be blocked. And of course, all 20 were supposed to be blocked. These cookies included liveperson.net, doubleclick.net, among many others. Also, between now and the last time I scanned for viruses, I couldn't have encountered more than 20.

And just to reiterate, these trackers were all checked off as being blocked.
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  • Marc, thanks for using Ghostery!

    Ghostery tries its best to prevent script and tracking pixel loading on various sites, however, its not perfect. Generally, cookies are byproducts of the scripts that Ghostery prevents from loading, if a script made it through, Ghostery would not know. The additional layer to remove LSOs on exit would leave regular cookies alone. Lastly, cookies are attached to various browsers you might be using, while Ghostery only protects Firefox. There are many additional reasons why you might have a cookie, such as, it was placed prior to Ghostery installation, its been written by another plug-in, or Ghostery would let it slip if you whitelisted a site that had them on it, to list just a few reasons.

    That said, I could look deeper into the issue if you specify the cookie owners and domains they were generated from. Once we have that, we will add the definitions in question so Ghostery protects you better in the future.
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  • I’m disappointed and let down
    I've got Ghostery set to enable web bug blocking for ALL bugs; I ran MacScan on several occasions....it's an app that scans for malware and tracking cookies. Each time it found quite a few tracking cookies such as doubleclick.net, ad.bridgetrack.com, ad.yieldmanager.com and the like.
    I've got Ghostery installed in Firefox and Safari, my two browsers of choice yet I'm still getting tracking cookies. WHY???

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    Is Ghostery Really Blocking Web Bugs? Why I Don't Think So..
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  • Hi ergo,

    Did you start with a blank slate (no cookies) before beginning your experiment?

    If you did, what you show is that Ghostery's coverage is not comprehensive.

    Ghostery blocks according to patterns in its database, which continuously receive updates to improve accuracy and coverage. You can help improve Ghostery by telling us of instances of either known or unknown bugs that Ghostery doesn't yet catch. What we need is a URL for the bug along with one or more page examples that contain the bug.

    Additionally, Ghostery's effectiveness varies from browser to browser. Ghostery for Firefox is currently the most capable version in terms of detection and blocking.

    To confirm Ghostery's blocking, you should find a page with one or more bugs, run a traffic monitor (like tcpdump), load the page without Ghostery and note the bugs' URLs in your traffic logs, and then load the page with Ghostery (and blocking enabled), which should prevent the bugs from appearing in the logs.
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  • I've got FF set to delete all cookies when I close the browser but when I check for installed cookies I find a long list of doubleclick type tracking cookies.
    I don't know how they got there but I'm unable to delete them; they are persistent.
    Why can't I delete them?
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  • Just to add to this, despite using antivirus programs to clear out my cookies to start with a blank slate, over time I will collect tracking cookies like double click. While I have nothing to compare this to on my own computer(without ghostery), the amount of tracking cookies found is still comparable to other computers.

    Perhaps I'm not totally clear on this add-on. Does it block these cookies from tracking me or should it be keeping these cookies off my computer completely?

    To ergo, are you sure these are not flash cookies? Try using add-ons like betterprivacy to remove flash cookies, I don't think ghostery supports the removal or blocking of them.
    • Ghostery detects and optionally blocks third-party page elements. When a page element is blocked by Ghostery, it can't read or write cookies.

      Like I wrote earlier, Ghostery does this by patterns. If you are using Ghostery for Firefox and you told Ghostery to block DoubleClick but you still see DoubleClick cookies in Firefox, it's probably because Ghostery's patterns for DoubleClick are incomplete.

      If we were to find a page that sneaks through a DoubleClick cookie even with blocking enabled, we would amend Ghostery's DoubleClick patterns.

      Ghostery for Firefox does partially manage Flash cookies if you enable that feature in Ghostery's options. Ghostery can be told to delete Flash cookies that belong to known third-party elements on browser exit.
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  • I can see who is tracking me, but I don't get the options for blocking the tracker. How do I enable this function?
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  • I've got the app. 'Cookie' installed; it informs me that it's found the following tracking cookies; .adbrite.com (Apache), Contextweb.com (pb_rtb_ev), Google.com (N/D),
    Openx.org ...d.1openx.org->(OAID, _OACCA,_OACBL), Paypal.com (Apache),
    .Yieldmanager.net (BX). In parenthesis are the particular cookie's names.
    Apparently,Ghostery is not blocking those tracking cookies. If not why so?
    I do keep Ghostery totally up to date and set to block ALL bugs.

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    Is Ghostery Really Doing Its Job?.
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  • im using foxfire and it shows to be blocking cookies then i check the internet options and it shows it missed a bunch, why?

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    Not blocking cookies.
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  • Hello. I'm wondering why so many cookies are still getting through? I have bug blocking fully enabled but it seems like I still get about the same amount that I used to. I'd like to have the cookies automatically removed after page load up. I'm using a Mac. I remember her years ago using I. E. that there was a program called Scotty that did just that. Also how do you stop flash cookies, or is that supposed to be automatic? Thank you.

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