I have a ZoneAlarm® Pro Firewall installed on my machine. This morning when I turned my computer on, it ran a routine scan for spyware and threats, and deleted the following cookies:
Two of the above (Apmebf and Qksrv) are Commission Junction (CJ) cookies, and one (Linksynergy) is a LinkShare cookie. All of these are set on the end-users’ machines to track affiliate-referred transactions.
The irony of the situation is that besides their recently launched program on the Google Affiliate Network ZoneAlarm has an older affiliate program on Commission Junction [details here]. When I click a CJ affiliate’s ZoneAlarm link, and land on the merchant’s website, it is precisely the Apmebf cookie that gets set on my machine:
Apparently, it gets set only to be deleted during the next routine clean-up of unwanted cookies, which obviously hurts ZoneAlarm itself. How ironic!