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This just popped up from Norton. The AntiTrack subscription is for around £40 a year.

Are there any decent tracker removal applications available for free?

I use CCleaner to clean up cache, history, cookies, etcbut I don't believe it deletes trackers too. Or did i miss a setting?
 

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Norton is literally trying to scare you. You're always going to be tracked unless you use a browser that specifically prevents them. You're worrying for just about nothing to be fair.
 
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the first one to remove is norton security.
 
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OP, what browser are you using?
 

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the first one to remove is norton security.

Oh man, you got that right!!!!! Absolute garbage and resource hog!!!!
 
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you're better off with a norton removal tool
 

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Ghostery works well for me, or try uBlock if you also want to get rid of ads.
 

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Yeah Ghostery + ublock.
 
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Clear cookies and cache, that's all.
 

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and cache
I'm not aware of any tracking method that uses the browser cache. Technically it would be possible for the server to learn "you've been here before", because you didn't load some assets. That doesn't allow to track you as individual though
 
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I'm not aware of any tracking method that uses the browser cache. Technically it would be possible for the server to learn "you've been here before", because you didn't load some assets. That doesn't allow to track you as individual though
Google owns Chrome, If you use Chrome with Google account and it caches data and you are signed in to synch data, well I wouldn't trust Google to not track you and to not look at your cache. As far as I'm aware, Chrome is still most popular web browser, despite not being overly loved due to Google's shenanigans.
 

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Still unlikely imo


Definitely do not trust Google :) Maybe use a different browser? I've been using Firefox for a long long time, they're very transparent and let you adjust all privacy related things
I personally use Opera, works fine for me and I like nice features.
 
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'nuff said :D
 
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PSA: Requires configuration, and on strict mode it'll break lots of stuff that you'll have to manually unbreak, but it's very customiseable.
 
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Norton is literally trying to scare you. You're always going to be tracked unless you use a browser that specifically prevents them. You're worrying for just about nothing to be fair.

I've had these popups splashing the screen for years and did initially inquire about them some years ago and received similar replies. Hence not worried, just wandering whether free applications were available for a trackers clean up, if it amounts to anything. I don't like the idea of being tracked either... hence glad there's some mention of alternative non-track browsing in the thread.

the first one to remove is norton security.
Oh man, you got that right!!!!! Absolute garbage and resource hog!!!!
you're better off with a norton removal tool
Word 1: Norton
Word 2: trash can

'nuff said :D

Bros got a 10-device license with Norton for years and he's never tried anything else and just stuck with them (annual subscription). I've been using 2 of them hence been with Norton for quite a long time.

Over the years I agree - Norton was super heavy on system resources and it was annoying on my then-crappy laptop with the fans ramping up. Lately (12-24 months), it's been much lighter (super light on CPU) and i'm not experiencing any intermittent heavier processes either. CPU: idles around 0-0.1%. Memory consumption around ~70mb... doesn't hurt. Maybe they finally listened to the critics and sharpened up their wit.

If I should be concerned with other troubling issues, please let me know.


OP, what browser are you using?

I use 3:

1. Google Chrome (default). Just got used to the sync features across devices and was too lazy to switch up

2. Firefox - with PIA integrated VPN

3. Edge - occasional side kick whenever needed

I've read some recommendations in the thread for anti-trackable browsers. Would love to know more and whether it's worth switching over.
Check out Tails. It's free. How it works.
Ghostery works well for me, or try uBlock if you also want to get rid of ads.
Yeah Ghostery + ublock.
uMatrix.
PSA: Requires configuration, and on strict mode it'll break lots of stuff that you'll have to manually unbreak, but it's very customiseable.

Thanks for the recommendations

I take it these are all plug-ins?

Can these be used with Chrome or should I look to another browser? Preferably one which syncs my thousands of bookmarks across different devices (incl android), although its not a must if I can easily export regularly.

Not sure about Tails/uMatrix if these are aimed more towards advances users or require external devices. I prefer something simpler to understand as I know the settings end up confusing the living day lights out of me.
Clear cookies and cache, that's all.

I do this regularly with CCleaner but not sure if this eliminates trackers. More importantly I'd be much happier with something which stops trackers altogether. Don't want Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the vermin (incl google) playing the dirty behind the scenes.

BTW, whats up with all these websites nowadays throwing up popups for cookies acceptance as soon as you enter a website. The pop ups are getting larger in size and then having to enter the settings to uncheck the added settings before accepting - ANNOYING. Or is that just Chrome??
 
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I do this regularly with CCleaner but not sure if this eliminates trackers. More importantly I'd be much happier with something which stops trackers altogether. Don't want Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the vermin (incl google) playing the dirty behind the scenes.
Too late for that mate, internet was meant to be like this ever since it got cookies. You can only reduce impact by using uBlock Origin with tracker blocking list.

BTW, whats up with all these websites nowadays throwing up popups for cookies acceptance as soon as you enter a website. The pop ups are getting larger in size and then having to enter the settings to uncheck the added settings before accepting - ANNOYING. Or is that just Chrome??
GDPR happened, corporations retaliated. End result is probably more shitty than it was before. Some extensions deal with them, but not very well.
 

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Too late for that mate, internet was meant to be like this ever since it got cookies. You can only reduce impact by using uBlock Origin with tracker blocking list.


GDPR happened, corporations retaliated. End result is probably more shitty than it was before. Some extensions deal with them, but not very well.
I just wish the cookies that sites gave me were sugar cookies. I wouldn't mind it as much at that point with all the pop-ups.
 

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BTW, whats up with all these websites nowadays throwing up popups for cookies acceptance as soon as you enter a website. The pop ups are getting larger in size and then having to enter the settings to uncheck the added settings before accepting - ANNOYING. Or is that just Chrome??
yeah annoying as fuck .. the eu never thought that part through.. install the "i dont care about cookies" addon (or similar)
 
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I just wish the cookies that sites gave me were sugar cookies. I wouldn't mind it as much at that point with all the pop-ups.
Wouldn't it be pretty hard to eat them without teeth?

yeah annoying as fuck .. the eu never thought that part through.. install the "i dont care about cookies" addon (or similar)
Intentions were actually good and it was probably the biggest action for antitracking by any government so far. Great idea, too bad it turned into biggest internet pollution nowadays. Honestly, EU didn't expect that companies would be specifically anti-GDPR with their antics, but oh well we have what we have. In fact, I don't think it should have ever been done on website level. It should have been toggle in web browser and work universally for any website. Because if you are anti-tracker person, why would you click for that on every site, it's obvious that you wouldn't accept them. I wish that they gathered again and made it into reality, furthermore started clamping down on predatory or scammy ads, as well as shitty advertising tactics. Many websites are literally unusable without adblocker.
 

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Intentions were actually good and it was probably the biggest action for antitracking by any government so far. Great idea, too bad it turned into biggest internet pollution nowadays. Honestly, EU didn't expect that companies would be specifically anti-GDPR with their antics, but oh well we have what we have. In fact, I don't think it should have ever been done on website level. It should have been toggle in web browser and work universally for any website. Because if you are anti-tracker person, why would you click for that on every site, it's obvious that you wouldn't accept them. I wish that they gathered again and made it into reality, furthermore started clamping down on predatory or scammy ads, as well as shitty advertising tactics. Many websites are literally unusable without adblocker.
this is like the bad joke of the government passing a law (trying to) forbid a river from rising above a certain level and flooding its surroundings. it just doesn't fucking work.
 

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It should have been toggle in web browser and work universally for any website. Because if you are anti-tracker person, why would you click for that on every site, it's obvious that you wouldn't accept them.
Exactly that, and I hope it will come at some point, it would be good for everyone, and I'm sure EU legislators can see that too
 
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