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Solutions: How to block Flash cookies

How do I block Flash cookies? I am using desktop Windows XP and also Netbook Windows 7. I have downloaded Flash Cookie Cleaner (freeware) from consumersoft.com. It cleans but does not block.

Flash cookies are cookies created by the Adobe Flash player. Being an installed add-on/app, it has special access to your hard drive that is outside the control of your browser's cookie privacy rules. Flash player does not ask the user's permission to store data on you hard drive by default; however, it can be made to by using the Flash Player Website Privacy Settings panel at tinyurl.com/6lrqv.

Here you can select the privacy behavior options and delete/control the Flash cookies already on your PC.

I have a Kodak M580 digital camera. When I plug into the USB port and turn on the camera, I receive kodak_ sharebutton.exe window with message: "Unable to locate component. This application has failed to start because native services PYD was not found. Reinstalling this program may fix the problem." What can I do?

That is the software that comes with your Kodak camera. You could use the built-in Windows digital camera wizard and uninstall the remnants of the Easyshare software by going to Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs. The next time you connect your camera, the Windows Photo Wizard will automatically start. However, if you want to continue with the Easyshare program, you can find the latest version at the Kodak M580 software page at tinyurl.com/278c6v7.

I replaced two 512 MB memory sticks with two 1 GB memory sticks. Isn't there something you are supposed to type into the system after doing this? I use Windows XP Service Pack 2.

You shouldn't have to do anything for the system to recognize the additional memory. You can check to see what Windows thinks it has by right-clicking My Computer and selecting Properties. If it is obvious that the system is not recognizing close to the full amount (remember that some motherboards share part of the system memory with video controllers), check the support site of your PC brand to make sure you bought the right type of memory, the installation slot order and the maximum memory recognized.

Send questions to personaltech@sptimes.com.

Solutions: How to block Flash cookies 10/31/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 31, 2010 4:30am]
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