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Unwanted registry changes

by gardener60 / September 26, 2008 8:08 PM PDT

A number of very popular sites amongst them our favourite auntie the BBC attempt to change registry entries for their benefit.THese attempts are picked up by Spybot resident but I am tired of denying these changes.Have contacted the sites but they deny all charges of surreptitious behaviour.Any suggestions how we can make these sites act ethically.I know I could block them but they are also useful in other respects.John.

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What changes?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 26, 2008 8:23 PM PDT

I would be surprised if a public organisation like the BBC is attempting to make registry changes to a computer system that would be harmful, so I am not sure what these changes are that you report. I visit the BBC site most days and see nothing harmful when I visit.

The BBC makes extensive use of cookies and of various media players, and like many web sites, uses script to enable the media players to work. Spybot may be picking up these cookies, scripts and other components, but without them the site would not work correctly.

Whilst you are right to show concern about such things generally, only you can decide which sites can be trusted, and which cannot.


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Registry changes
by gardener60 / September 26, 2008 9:13 PM PDT
In reply to: What changes?

Thanks Mark for the reply.Specifically the BBC and others attempt to change your home page to theirs and operate spyware to monitor your browsing history.It may be all perfectly innocent and normal practice nowadays but they ought to come clean and let us know dont you think?John.

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That's a Good Reason to Keep Spybot...
by tobeach / September 27, 2008 3:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Registry changes

as I do...lock down home& search pages &prevent changes such as you

Additionally you may find some relief by changing your "cookie" settings
to higher level. Also may, to some degree depend on browser used.

My Mozilla can be set to ask each time hitting a NEW site. With pop-up I can Deny outright, allow only session cookies, allow cookies period, or allow based on user settable general rules for cookies (i.e. no 3rd party cookies). The beauty is that it remembers your choice for each site and applies it automatically on subsequent visits.

Depending somewhat on site, my normal practice is to deny all sites
on first contact (usually still works fine) if need be ,I'll then try "session only" (where you need to track back & forth with a site).

Be aware that some sites have declared to Moz. that their's are session only (which will be removed at leaving or by running a Cleaner program) and then I find they've placed permanent ones to 2032!!!
I then change that sites rule to "Deny"!

Malwarebytes Free Anti-Malware program also allows you to lock your home page. Hope there's some help in above!! Happy

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