Spybot has found 29 items, all cookies under Opera. Haven't used Opera since the last scan, my IE cookies are just the ones I want to keep. All others are deleted daily.
So Opera is taking cookies without it being active! Found this in the small print:
"The Google system serves advertisements and related searches to the Opera browser through the Opera browser banner 468x60 format. Google determines what ads and related searches are relevant based on the URL and content of the page you are viewing and your IP address, which are sent to Google via the Opera browser."
Needless to say, Opera will be uninstalled pronto.
Use information about your web surfing… that could include any information, like accounts and passwords.
No personal information is used by DoubleClick to deliver Internet ads. DoubleClick does not use your name, address, email address, or phone number to deliver Internet ads. DoubleClick does use information about your browser and web surfing to determine which ads to show your browser.
Although I always use Opera, and frequently visit the Opera website, a Spybot scan didn't find a single Opera cookie. I wonder why not? My copy of Opera is the usual ad-sponsored version.
I don't pretend to understand the technology behind it, or the difference between a safe cookie and one that could reveal private data, but presumably advertising cookies are used to provide data by means of which Opera gets paid by its advertisers, or PC Advisor gets paid by advertisers on this website.
Unless you want to pay for browsing the web, I don't see any way that we can avoid such minor intrusions into our privacy.