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At some point in the past I discovered a registry tweak that prevented cookies from showing my name.  All cookies now show up as "anyuser".  Can't remember how I did that.  Would like to do the same on another system.  Any help?

Don't want to prevent cookies, just don't like having my name appear!
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by:briancassin
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i cannot find any documentation on how to do this there is a utlity though that will do this

http://www.netpcreview.com/Main_Index/Reviews/Software/1998/luckmans_cookies_2_98.html

here is regisrty keys to get rid of them permanently

For MS-IE, delete the following entry in the Registry: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache\Special Paths\Cookies] Next reboot and delete the WINDOWS\COOKIES directory.
For Netscape delete the following entry in the Registry: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Netscape\Netscape Navigator\Cookies] "Cookie File"="C:\\DECODER\\Netscape\\Cookies.txt" then delete the COOKIES.TXT file.
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by:NiteShdw
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Thanks Brian but I don't really want to prevent them just don't want my name appearing.
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by:rayt333
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You can change the default name in the registry
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
then change the name listed under "Registered Owner"
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by:NiteShdw
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Sorry Ray...that didn't work.  Cookies still indicate the users name regardless of what I change the "Registered Owner" too.
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by:briancassin
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try going into regedit and doing a search on cookies maybe you can find the registry key by doing that.. .

or use the other pc that has the anyuser setting type in anyuser and do a find if it was a registry setting it should show up.
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by:rayt333
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BUT, after you changed the registered owners name, did you delete the cookies and then let it place a new cookie on your HD?? Once you change the user name then how could it still find out who you really are? It picks up the "new" name you have listed.
You may want to search everywhere for the old user name and change it to the name you want it to default to.
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by:NiteShdw
ID: 2797931
Re: Ray

Yes Ray I did delete the old cookies and surfed a few sites and YEP the cookies still appear with the user name.  Don't ask me how but it did.  Haven't tried searching the registry for ALL instances of that user name but I may give it a try.  Will get back to you.
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reghakr earned 200 total points
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I believe its  the current logged on user which is:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Network\Logon

reghakr
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by:XMR_BeaNSX
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the cookie actually takes the name from the user profile so if you can find the key that calls the name from the user profile change that one and youll be set. if you just set up another user profile with the name of anyuser or looser or whatever then you'll find that the cookie uses the name of windows profile that active when visiting that site
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by:NiteShdw
ID: 2816520
Sorry folks, was delayed getting back to this due to events beyond my control.

Have opted to delete this question as I now recall that what I initially thought was a manual registry tweak was actually an option on a piece of evaluation software (ad-blocking) that I had tried some time ago.  The software was tried then discarded but apparently the optionally "name" tweak remained.

Sorry, can't remember what program that was.

For those that posted comments I sincerely appreciated your input.  Thanks!
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by:NiteShdw
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by:rayt333
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This question no longer is pending deletion
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by:rayt333
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I believe that your question was still answer by reghakr, even though you no longer need this info, in all fairness you should give him the credit for providing the correct answer
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by:NiteShdw
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Re: rayt333

I believe you are correct Ray.  Did not mean to be rude and I DO apologize.  Unless anyone objects I will award the points to "reghakr".  Sorry for the oversight and THANKS again to all.
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by:NiteShdw
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Thanks reghakr; didn't mean to be rude.  As ray... pointed out your comment was right on.  Happy putering!
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by:reghakr
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No problem at all, Thanks
and a thank you to rayt333 also.

reghakr
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