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Spybot S&D and Firefox

by A.L. / December 1, 2004 4:13 AM PST

Now that I'm using Firefox, and I like it, I notice the Spybot resident and teatimer no longer silently blocks Avenue A and Double click.I have to run spybot to remove them.
Is there a way to block these two things when using Firefox?
Win. XP SP2
Ann

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Re: Spybot S&D and Firefox
by roddy32 / December 1, 2004 4:33 AM PST
In reply to: Spybot S&D and Firefox

Hi AL
I don't use Firefox myself and I just went through everything in Spybot in the help section and I see nothing there about Firefox, although Opera is mentioned. THAT is when I went their forum to see if I could find out anything else and found out that they are closed for a few hours. If you go to the immunize section on Spybot the ONLY browser that is mentioned there is IE so I'm assuming the the blocking portion of Spybot does not work on Firefox but it will still delete things on a scan. That is a WAG on my part. There are a number of members here that use Firefox so maybe someone else knows more.

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Re: Spybot S&D and Firefox
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 1, 2004 4:47 AM PST
In reply to: Spybot S&D and Firefox

Ann,

You can specify which cookies Firefox "allows" or "denies" like this:

Open Firefox, click on "Tools", then select the Privacy" tab on the left side. When that opens, click on the = sign next to "Cookies", then click on the "Exceptions" button. Type the URL of the "bad" cookie and click on the "block" button.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re: Spybot S&D and Firefox
by A.L. / December 1, 2004 5:10 AM PST

Thank you both Roddy & Grif.
I'll follow your advice, problem solved. Ann

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(NT) (NT) You're welcome Ann.
by roddy32 / December 1, 2004 5:18 AM PST
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Re: Spybot S&D and Firefox
by Jake Barnes / December 1, 2004 6:23 AM PST
In reply to: Spybot S&D and Firefox

I'm using Mozilla's FireFox v1.0, and have been using the FireBird/FireFox builds for close to two yrs now. I also run Spybot S&D (in advance mode) along with javacools SpywareBlaster and Spyware Guard. I don't seem to encounter the Avenue A and DoubleClick issues you are experiencing. I do notice they are blocked on the rare occassion that I use IE.

I took the advice of a poster here and checked my Tools>Options>cookies>exceptions settings and found that I have a long list of nasty cookies blocked. But, interestingly, I don't recall taking any specific action to place those cookie exception there. It may be that SpywareBlaster, which now offers "protection" for FireFox has placed those "don't allow" cookie exceptions there - as I don't recall doing this myself.

What I might suggest is that you pose this question in Mozilla FireFox forum, found at:
http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewforum.php?f=38

Hope you can find specific answers there.

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Re: Spybot S&D and Firefox
by A.L. / December 1, 2004 7:29 AM PST

Hi Jake:
I followed Grif's advice and went to tools/options/cookies, I chose "until Firefox closes" in the "keep cookies" drop down box. I now see a whole list of cookies in the "view cookies" that had not been there previously and Spybot is congratulating me again!
Thanks for your comeback Jake. Ann

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Re: Spybot S&D and Firefox
by Jake Barnes / December 1, 2004 8:04 AM PST

No, thank you for bringing this issue up - I had no idea how that was being accomplished - learn something new everyday ... Happy

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Re: Spybot S&D and Firefox
by Jake Barnes / December 1, 2004 8:15 AM PST

I wish this forum had an edit post feature. I went back to check my cookies setting after your post and saw that I have "Allow sites to set cookies">"until they expire" - so I don't think it's this setting that blocks the Avenue A and Double-click. Now I'm thinking that it's the protection offered by SpywareBlaster, since I have so many (don't allow) "exceptions" . And I know I didn't selectively place them there.

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Jake, Yep, It's SpywareBlaster Or Maybe Others...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 1, 2004 9:04 AM PST

There are a number of other ways to block specific sites and their cookies. I think Spybot's "Immunize" does the same thing, plus I know a HOSTS file will do the job.

But, as mentioned earlier, Firefox and Internet Explorer can selectively block cookies as well.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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About edit Jake
by roddy32 / December 1, 2004 9:22 AM PST

All of us have wanted to edit posts before and until that is possible, all that I do is respond to my own post and change the subject to "Appendum" or "PS" and then make whatever correction I wanted to make. Just a suggestion.

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Re: About edit Jake
by Jake Barnes / December 1, 2004 12:12 PM PST
In reply to: About edit Jake

Thanks Roddy - I'll use that ... I'm used to forums where I can edit a pervious post - sorry.

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Re: About edit Jake
by roddy32 / December 1, 2004 12:26 PM PST
In reply to: Re: About edit Jake

Maybe we will have that in the future, who knows, LOL I'm glad they got the "remember me" back so we don't have to sign in all the time. Right now they are working on trying to do something different for when a thread gets down so far and the message comes up, "no more replies". That's the next thing being worked on from what I have heard. I run an MSN community group where we can delete a post and start over again with a new one but there is no edit button. I guess they are all different depending on the software used.

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