If your online experience is anything like mine, you are all too aware of the fact that cookies designed to harvest your Web surfing information are about as common as rats in a garbage dump, and probably just about as desirable.

Hardly a week goes by when my anti-spyware software doesn’t catch at least a dozen such cookies during a regular security sweep of my computers. Of course, I immediately delete or quarantine the malware, but the same annoying cookies seem to keep popping up week after week. At this point, I’ve written this off as a fact of life, but at the same time it bugs me that nefarious forces are out there spying on me and there doesn’t seem to be anything I can do about it.

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