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Title: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: bbartrug on July 21, 2012, 02:56:05 PM
I've noticed the marketing tracker, b.scorecardresearch.com, appear when opening some sites, such as Google.mail.  I've tried "opting out" of the tracker, but it reappears.  Is there a way to block this spyware with Avast?  Sneaky little devil.  Where could it be hiding internally that it continues to pop-up?  I use Firefox.

Thanks, BAB
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: DavidR on July 21, 2012, 03:23:32 PM
Personally with firefox, I would use NoScript and AdBlockPlus add-ons.

Whilst you can use the opt-out mechanism not all obey your wishes. Not sure which opt-out you are using firefox, Options, Privacy, 'Tell web sites I do not want to be tracked' (see image) same problem not all obey. As  matter of course I would block third party cookies.
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: bbartrug on July 21, 2012, 04:52:10 PM
All as you suggested already, except No Script, which I'll add later today.  Also have several anti-malware programs, but none can clear this sneaky spyware. 

Thanks for the advice,
BAB
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: bbartrug on July 21, 2012, 04:56:46 PM
Does anyone know how to block b.scorecardresearch.com using Avast?  Thanks in advance, BAB
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: essexboy on July 21, 2012, 05:28:42 PM
It is a third party cookie downloaded with some free software.. Mainly performance type ones

Go to their site here http://www.scorecardresearch.com/about.aspx?action=cookieTest&trackid=-1&sitegroup=20&siteid=10300&languageid=1

Where there are opt out options.

But the best bet would be to clear cookies when you close the browser
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: bbartrug on July 21, 2012, 06:13:27 PM
Thank you.  I had not unchecked third-party cookies, which I now have.  I'll opt out of scorecardresearch again, and see what happens now that I've asked Firefox to block third-party cookies.

BAB
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: polonus on July 21, 2012, 06:26:12 PM
Hi bbartrug,

WOT also alerts to it: http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/b.scorecardresearch.com?utm_source=addon&utm_content=warn-viewsc
Interesting read here: http://epiac1216.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/how-to-crush-the-b-scorecard-research-com-bug/ (link article author = Omar Upegui R.)
I use Web Bug Detector 1.0 extension in Google Chrome that will alert me to these webbugs (web beacons),

polonus
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: DavidR on July 21, 2012, 08:01:30 PM
Thank you.  I had not unchecked third-party cookies, which I now have.  I'll opt out of scorecardresearch again, and see what happens now that I've asked Firefox to block third-party cookies.

You're welcome, let us know how you get on with that.
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: bbartrug on July 22, 2012, 01:10:03 AM
Well nothing I've tried has failed to stop b.scorecardresearch from loading.  The site appears briefly just before Firefox opens.

Suggestions?

BAB
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: DavidR on July 22, 2012, 01:34:15 AM
If it is loading before firefox opens then there is likely an add-on that may be loading it.

What happens if you start firefox in safe mode, Firefox, Help, Restart with add-ons disabled. If that works you know it is an add-on responsible, then the next problem is finding the guilty add-on.
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: bbartrug on July 22, 2012, 04:30:33 AM
I suspect it might be Flickr, which I visit often.  See here:  http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157628947867599/.  I also managed to block it on Firefox by going to Tools>Options>Exceptions, then typing in b.scorecardresearch.com and pushing the Block button.

This didn't, however, solve the original problem I was researching:  the first time I try to access Gmail using Firefox, it can take up to 2 minutes to load.  After that, it loads quickly.  This doesn't happen if I open Firefox in safe mode (everything disabled), but I've removed all the add-ons and the theme I use and it still doesn't fix the problem.  Therefore I started watching for oddball downloads.  Scorecardresearch seemed to fit the bill for a delay upon loading, but apparently it's something else, maybe something with Gmail itself.  No Scripts doesn't routinely block anything from Gmail, so I'll scratch my head and see what I can find.  Perhaps the best thing to do is just return Firefox to default mode, then start adding extensions and plug-ins until the problem returns.  But I'm not certain it's worth the time and effort. 

Thanks to all, BAB
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: DavidR on July 22, 2012, 12:17:59 PM
You're welcome, happy hunting if you go down that route.
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: MrMaxaMan on July 23, 2012, 12:20:51 AM
Ghostery is good at blocking tracking cookies.
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: adotd on July 23, 2012, 12:28:35 AM
Hi try this website

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm

I use it, it is good for blocking websites of things that you dont want to load. mainly this blocks ads and much more

Try it and tell me what you think :)

Anthony
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: DavidR on July 23, 2012, 01:03:00 AM
Ghostery is good at blocking tracking cookies.

There is little point in using a tool to block tracking cookies, by not allowing third party cookies in your browser settings, gets rid of the greatest majority of so called tracking cookies. You can also only allow session cookies and or delete all cookies when you close the browser.
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: HawaiianHope on July 23, 2012, 10:26:49 AM
Try www.OpenDNS.org
Its free. You can add in a custom blacklist.  I have it blocking tons of ad servers and other useless bandwidth abusers.
Title: Re: b.scorecardresearch.com
Post by: polonus on April 06, 2014, 07:08:25 PM
Again stumbled on that script to-day on a page here: htxp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/
Blocked as Pingdom and ScoreCard Research -> code -> http://jsfiddle.net/r3WtM/
Read on Tracking these Trackers here: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/apr/23/scorecardresearch-tracking-trackers-cookies-web-monitoring
Good I have it blocked, this
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etc. etc. -dailymail&mo_logged_in=0" height="1" width="1" alt="*"

polonus