What Does Avast “We Found A Spy Cookie” Alert Mean?

Raji Oluwaniyi  - Tech Expert
Last updated: November 17, 2023
Read time: 6 minutes
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Here's what Avast’s “We Found A Spy Cookie” warning means and how to clear cookies from your web browser.

THE TAKEAWAYS

Have you ever wondered why Avast displays the “We Found A Spy Cookie” warning? This article explains what the alert means and provides a step-by-step guide to disable and clear cookies from your web browser.

Anyone using computers and the internet for the past couple of decades knows what Avast is. It is a leading antivirus program compatible with computers and mobile phones. Avast offers premium and military-grade protection against malware, viruses, spyware, adware, and tracking elements like cookies. When you configure this software on your device, it can also clear any malware that finds a way to infiltrate your device.

As a preventive measure, it sends you numerous security alerts like “We found a tracking cookie,” “We found a spy cookie,” or “We detected a harmful element on your device” to ensure maximum protection. Most people don’t understand these alerts and conclude that someone has tapped their device. But that’s not always the case.

Continue reading this article to discover what Avast means when it displays a notification that reads “We found a spy cookie” and all other cookie-related information.

What are cookies?

Generally, internet cookies are text files containing small chunks of data. For example, user ID and password. These data function as unique identifiers that distinguish your mobile device or PC as you use the internet or any network. Specific cookies, a category of internet cookies, are useful for identifying specific users on a network and improving their online experience.

Typically, servers initiate the data stored in a cookie once you connect. This data gets a unique ID dedicated to you and your device. When you connect to the network, the server reads your device’s cookie—the ID and saved information—and discovers what information to display.