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Someone just told me a file I just downloaded was a cookie logger, I couldn't find anything that says how these work. I never did run the program, but I still want to know if it could have infected my computer! Please help, even if cookie loggers are fine, answer the question anyway. They showed me pictures of things the logger did, so I believe that they can actually do something.

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If you suspect that you may be infected please read and follow the instructions in this topic and then create a new topic in the malware removal area including the requested logs and information by clicking here and one of our malware removal specialists will assist you as soon as one is available.

For the record, I've never heard of a 'cookie logger' before so I couldn't tell you what it does, however assuming it is referring to the kinds of cookies used by websites then I assume it is some kind of tracker that attempts to monitor your activities online to report the sites that you visit for some purpose (probably as some kind of adware to display advertisements or for the purpose of reporting to some marketing service for profit).

Either way, they will check your system for threats in the malware removal area to ensure that your system is clean.

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11 hours ago, theafrikandoge said:

Someone just told me a file I just downloaded was a cookie logger, ....... They showed me pictures of things the logger did, so I believe that they can actually do something.

"Someone"? - This wouldn't have been an online 'tech support' would it? You have described exactly how they scam you.

They show you what is on your computer (and should be on your computer) and then claim it's malicious and you should pay them to clean your computer and protect yourself.
It's a scam; there is nothing wrong with your computer.

David H Lipman has a collection of examples of these scams, take a look at this post:


PS. A 'cookie logger' is a script file that collects the cookies on your computer, that's all it does. It does not save itself to your computer.
It's used to possibly steal your login details for a particular forum.
You would have to click on something (usually an image) in a hackers forum post to launch the script.
The script could then collect the cookies currently on your computer.
If you have used the 'Remember Me' button' then with a bit of cookie editing he could use that cookie to log in as you on that forum.

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6 hours ago, nukecad said:

"Someone"? - This wouldn't have been an online 'tech support' would it? You have described exactly how they scam you.


It wasn't tech support. Multiple threads I saw (all on different sites) said the file (which seemed sketchy itself) was a cookie logger and if you saved a password you might be in danger. I scanned with Malwarebytes, but got nothing on it (keep in mind I'm still on the premium trial) I'm worried Malwarebytes can't pick up cookie loggers.

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18 hours ago, theafrikandoge said:

 I'm worried Malwarebytes can't pick up cookie loggers.

If it's a cookie logger as I described above then it wouldn't save anything on your computer for MB to find.

However just in case it was something else you should follow the instructions and post the logs as suggested in Exile360's post above.
One of the experts will then check that your computer is clean for you.

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