YouPorn is a pornography website which, although not malicious by its nature, has been known for using cookies in order to track your browsing routine. Specialists, therefore, advise users to be careful with this website, check their system for YouPorn cookies and delete them if present.
Why Should You Be Cautious When Using YouPorn?
How Does YouPorn Cookie Affect You?
YouPorn is a legitimate adult-video website which benefits mainly from its simplicity, user-friendliness and free videos. What’s more, it has managed to maintain a clean reputation despite its content and thanks to lacking malicious components.
At some point, however, its popularity grew, and its owners decided to take advantage of the visitors by monitoring their browsing activities. That was made possible by implementing a tracking cookie which enters your system unnoticeably, takes almost no space, and records your activities online such as the websites you visit, the searches you initiate and more.
What Is a Tracking Cookie?
As a matter of fact, not all cookies are bad for you. Standard cookies are mainly used to ease your browsing process as they “remember” certain login information and preferences so you don’t have to re-enter them every time you visit the same websites.
Tracking cookies, however, are a bit more disturbing. They are not harmful like malware or viruses, but they may put your privacy at risk as they track and record your personal data and browsing habits, and share them back with third parties (usually advertising agencies). There is nothing malicious about this activity; however, the advertising company that has your information now knows the websites you like to visit and the searches you perform. Therefore, removing them is only at your benefit – to keep your data private and to ensure your peace of mind.
Porn Tracking in 2018
Statistics reveal that at least 88 percent of the most popular 500 porn websites have some kind of tracking elements, exactly like the YouPorn cookie described in this article. As explained by privacy researcher Tim Libert, the URL is one of the basic pieces of information in HTTP requests, and even though numerical strings don’t really reveal a user’s porn preferences, they reveal he is looking at a porn site.
What is worse is that descriptive URLs can reveal what a user is actually looking at, even if it is porn. This revelation simply means that no one is safe from eavesdropping while watching porn. As Motherboard put it in an article from a couple of years ago, “your porn is watching you”.
Even the incognito mode of the browser doesn’t help the user’s privacy.
As explained by the researcher, “at best your address bar won’t auto-complete to something embarrassing, but advertisers and data brokers still get the information. I have no idea what, if anything, they do with it—but it’s all sitting in a database somewhere.”
Update February 2018. Did you know that Mindgeek – the company, owner of popular online adult websites Pornhub, RedTube, YouPorn and Brazzers – will be collecting names, mobile phone numbers, addresses, dates and place of birth before users log in? The new change is expected to happen in April, 2018. In addition, as reported by Wired, age verification of all such content will be mandatory from April 2018, at least in the UK. While these changes are about to be implemented, critics have said that the changes will be dangerous to internet freedoms in the UK, the media reported.
How to Remove YouPorn Cookie?
YouPorn may have stopped using tracking cookies already thanks to a 2010 lawsuit. If you have used it in the past, however, you may still have that cookie in your system regardless of whether you visit YouPorn now or not. You must, therefore, check your computer and make sure you delete that cookie. If not, it will continue tracking your activities and share this information with third parties.
As mentioned earlier, YouPorn and its cookie are not malicious so you should not stress out into removing it right away. Simply consider deleting it whenever you get a chance to. You can remove that tracking component manually, by following the instructions below, or by using a trustworthy anti-malware tool.
- Guide 1: How to Remove YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove YouPorn Tracking Cookie
Step 2: Uninstall YouPorn Tracking Cookie and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by YouPorn Tracking Cookie on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by YouPorn Tracking Cookie there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall YouPorn Tracking Cookie and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove YouPorn Tracking Cookie via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the YouPorn Tracking Cookie will be removed.
Eliminate YouPorn Tracking Cookie from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.