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IE9, InPrivate, and msn.com cookie RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have been using IE9 (on W7) InPrivate.  The msn.com cookie appears, randomly.  I delete it.  It shows up again, randomly.  I have not been able to reproduce a set of steps that will generate the cookie.  It does appear, however.

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    All patches to everything imaginable are applied. 

    Adobe Flash is disabled. 

    No Java installed (and will never be). 

    www.msn.com is not being visited. 

    Third party cookies are blocked. 

    DOM store is disabled. 

    Only search engine is Bing. 

    No other browsers are installed.

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    So, any clues?

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    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 6:19 PM

Answers

  • Turns out it is the weather sidebar gadget that is generating the cookie.

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    So, it seems it was not IE9 InPrivate, or the return of the infamous Zombie cookie of 2011.

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    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972



    Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:12 PM
  • The built in windows desktop gadget ("%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe" /showgadgets)

    No Bing desktop search.  Just Bing in search providers.

    I have closed the gadget and, voila, no msn.com cookie appearing any more.

    Curious:  Why would a weather gadget need a cookie for a refresh?  Also, I save the cookie contents.  They are all slightly different.  The guid varies widely, but the end seems to change little (perhaps the date-time)?

    Here are three of them:

    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:18 PM

All replies

  • Turns out it is the weather sidebar gadget that is generating the cookie.

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    So, it seems it was not IE9 InPrivate, or the return of the infamous Zombie cookie of 2011.

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    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972



    Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:12 PM
  • I always wondered if In-Private browsing applied to other microsoft services :)
    Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:22 PM
  • It appears that it does not.  BTW, I was deleting the cookie, and it re-appeared roughly every 30 minutes - roughly the refresh time of the weather gadget.

    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:29 PM
  • A third party weather gadget or the built in windows desktop gadget ?

    Do you have Bing desktop search installed or did you pass on that win-update ?

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:05 PM
  • The built in windows desktop gadget ("%ProgramFiles%\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe" /showgadgets)

    No Bing desktop search.  Just Bing in search providers.

    I have closed the gadget and, voila, no msn.com cookie appearing any more.

    Curious:  Why would a weather gadget need a cookie for a refresh?  Also, I save the cookie contents.  They are all slightly different.  The guid varies widely, but the end seems to change little (perhaps the date-time)?

    Here are three of them:

    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:18 PM
  • Yea it wouldn't be much of a gadget if it didn't self update :)

    Figure if it's a default windows gadget it would use msn,

    Thanks for the updates and detective work,

    Cheers.

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:26 PM
  • Did not care much that the cookie was there.  Just wanted to know why.  Only took a few hours of watching the PC and not using it.

    All that, just for a cookie...<g>

    Cheers,

    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972

    Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:31 PM
  • Now you know what the cookie monster feels like :)
    Sunday, February 24, 2013 5:54 AM
  • I know where another one is - WMP. <G>

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    So, I guess the discussion of cookies being a browser issue is no longer valid?

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    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972

    Sunday, February 24, 2013 12:44 PM
  • Windows media center also would access the internet to update what ever guide it uses,

    So all of these programs have settings which I disabled wmc long ago because it was interrupting Hybrid sleep/ waking up my computer at like 2 am :)


    • Edited by ThrashZone Sunday, February 24, 2013 6:03 PM
    Sunday, February 24, 2013 6:02 PM
  • Anything settings you can share on this?

    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972

    Monday, February 25, 2013 11:56 AM
  • Wmp ?

    Open wmp use Alt+TO Tools and Options,

    Privacy section/ probably the usage sending.

    Wmc isn't much different except there isn't a keyboard shortcut,

    Settings/ General/ Start up and Behavior also Privacy also Automatic download options.

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:43 PM
  • Yes - WMP.

    I have unchecked everything on that tab, and still get this cookie when I open WMP:

    onlinestores.metaservices.microsoft.com/serviceswitching

    No problem, however.  At least I know from where the cookie comes.

    Cheers,

    Doc


    Computers verified since 1972

    Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:35 PM