By Domesticus in Browser Hijackers

Computer users have complained of pop-up advertisements associated with the ib.adnxs.com domain. Many anti-spyware programs have blocked ib.adnxs.com due to the fact that ib.adnxs.com uses tracking cookies that may not be in your best interest. Tracking cookies associated with ib.adnxs.com can track browsing information. These adware infections then use this information to deliver advertisements to your computer in pop-up Web browser windows.

Cookies are tiny files that a Web server will store on your computer. This information can help a website provide a better service, storing data about forms that you may have filled out or products that you may have already clicked on. Cookies can also track the times which you visited that particular website and basic information about your computer, such as the Web browser you are using, the Windows version and your computer's IP address. Cookies are usually harmless. Apart from being harmless text files, they cannot be utilized to access files saved on your computer or to attack your computer. However, there are various concerns about privacy when talking about cookies. Ib.adnxs.com uses a type of cookie usually referred to as a tracking cookie. These kinds of cookies track your online activity and are usually used to get a picture of the websites you visit in order to display advertisements. They will also be installed on your computer, not by the website you are visiting but by an advertising network that only has an affiliation with it. In this case, ib.adnxs.com, run by AppNexus, installs these kinds of tracking cookies on computer users' computer.

You can customize your computer so that it will block cookies from being saved on your hard drive. However, these are used by numerous legitimate websites to provide basic services. Because of this, most computer users will not want to block cookies completely. Fortunately, most of the time it is possible to turn off tracking cookies by third parties while preserving those cookies installed by legitimate websites that you have visited.


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