Targetnet is known to be a tracking cookie. As the category it has been put under suggests, it is mainly used for tracking. No worries; it does not try to steal personal information from you. Instead, Targetnet is used to collect non-personally identifiable information. The definition says that tracking cookies are nothing more than pieces of information stored on users’ computers after visiting certain websites. Users might encounter them no matter they use Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome as a default web browser. Are you one of those users who have found this tracking cookie listed on their web browsers? If so, you can delete it from the web browser you use right away. In fact, we agree that it would be best that you get rid of Targetnet if you do not like the fact that a tiny piece of software dropped on your system is used to collect some information about you. Tracking cookies are not malicious threats, so their removal is relatively simple and uncomplicated. Of course, if you have not deleted the tiniest undesirable software in your life, not to speak of tracking cookies, we highly recommend that you first read this report and only then eliminate it from your computer using our manual removal guide (it can be found below the report).
Researchers at pcthreat.com have carried out research so that they could get more information about the Targetnet tracking cookie. The first two facts the research has revealed is that this cookie was created back in 2009 and it was associated with Targetnet.com, which seems to be the official website of a company that “delivers and measures the effectiveness of cross-platform advertising campaigns.” Unfortunately, the website is already dead, so specialists could not extract any more information from it. There is no information whether Targetnet is still active either, but it is very likely that it is dead as the website that used to represent it. Even though Targetnet is an old cookie that is possibly no longer active, it is not a secret why it was used for. According to specialists, it should not differ at all from other tracking cookies that exist. That is, it is very likely that it was used to monitor users’ activities on the web and, additionally, record information about their preferences, interests, and habits. In some cases, cookies might be used to track ads users click on too. They are not considered malicious by malware researchers, but they still raise some privacy concerns for both specialists and ordinary computer users. Of course, they cannot be compared to real malicious software in any way, but if you do not like the idea of being tracked by a tracking cookie every day, you must delete Targetnet from your system today without mercy. It is not some kind of malicious application, so its removal should be quick and easy, especially if you let our manual removal guide help you get rid of it.
What about the Targetnet distribution? It is not some kind of application, so it is impossible to download it from the web. Also, it is not malware for sure, so it is not distributed using typical malware distribution methods. As research has shown, this piece of software is dropped on users’ computers when they enter certain websites. In some cases, the tracking cookie might be placed on the user’s computer after clicking on a commercial advertisement promoting items/services at least once. Some tracking cookies might be used to monitor users’ activities/habits/preferences by websites/service providers that cannot be trusted at all, so our recommendation for you would be to stop visiting dubious websites and clicking on random advertisements you are presented with while surfing the Internet. Last but not least, you must keep your security software active at all times to protect yourself from the dangers of the Internet.
Targetnet is not considered malicious by specialists, but it might be used to track you, so if you are really worried about that, it would be best that you remove Targetnet completely. An antimalware tool might not even detect it since it is not considered malicious, which means that you might need to delete it from the system manually. Our manual removal guide will come to your rescue in this case. Please find it below.