Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Adware? Spyware? Paying Attention

With my Firefox browser I have been running the Attention Recorder for almost nine months and have recorded almost 65,000 clicks. This doesn't include my home computer usage, but it is a pretty impressive number. I continue to noodle over the value of this data but one recurring value is my ability to track spyware when new delivery vehicles pop up. This weeks spyware offender is dg.specificclick.net. Thanks to the Root badge on my blog I realized that my number one most visited site has been dg.specificclick.net. Funny though, I don't ever recall seeing that site. Add to blocklist for browser cookies. Delete from attention recorder. Delete all 7 of the cookies from that domain.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi there. I found your blog entry by looking up "dg.specificclick.net." I just found this on my blog as well, and discovered it is from Sitemeter.com, which I also use. I had noticed a few weeks ago that everytime I log in to Site Meter, a tracking cookie shows up from specificclick.net. Now I've noticed that it shows up simply by visiting my own blog page. Just thought I'd let you know.

sbpoet said...

I found you the same way.

Sitemeter?

Yikes!

I wonder if they know?

& thanks for the specific instructions on what to do -- which I have just done.

Beth Ess. said...

Very helpful, thanks! Just want to add that the offender that seems to be adding this to websites is Site Meter as was noted already.

So if you have your own site and are having this problem remove your Site Meters and you will remove the offending content.

Simply deleting cookies will not cause the problem to go away...you need to remove the meters. If it is not your own website either send a message to the site admins notifying them or simply avoid that site or the spyware cookies will be back every time you revisit the site.

Phoenix said...

I have same Problem (I don't know if this is a problem or not). Is this thing dangerous?? On my AVG it's said "Found tracking cookie.Doubleclick". Maybe i just setup my firewall to block it.