PC Pitstop Cookies

While visiting PC Pitstop, you will receive browser cookies. This page provides information on what cookies do, the cookies that PC Pitstop uses, and our recommended browser cookie settings.

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What are cookies?

A browser cookie is a small piece of data that a web site may place on your hard drive to keep track of certain information. Cookies generally fall into one of two categories: session or persistent. Session cookies are only used for the duration of your visit to a Web site, and are removed when you leave the site. Persistent cookies store data between visits to a site.

What cookies does PC Pitstop use?

PC Pitstop use both session and persistent cookies, as described above. You must accept some of these cookies for the site to work, but others are optional. Here are the details on the cookies that we use:

Cookie Description
ASPSESSIONID You must accept this session cookie in order for the site to work properly. Each time you retrieve a web page from the site, this cookie tells us which set of test results and tips we should use to customize the page.
BigIPServer You must accept this session cookie in order for the site to work properly. Because of our high traffic, PC Pitstop maintains multiple web servers. This cookie ensures that all your requests go to the same server during your session.
who When you log into the site, we store information in this persistent cookie if you check the “Remember me” box below the login area. It lets us automatically log you back into the site on later visits. This cookie is optional, and you can reject it if you want or simply clear the “Remember me” check box and it won’t set the cookie. Without this cookie, you must log in manually on each new visit to PC Pitstop.
computer Each time a computer is tested it can take several seconds for us to search the database to see if the computer has been tested before. This persistent cookie makes testing faster by saving the record number of the computer in our database so that the site does not need to search. It also provides a way for anonymous users to see previous test results without registering. The cookie is optional, but if you reject this cookie the site will be slower for you.
CookieCheck During diagnostics, we may set this cookie as a way to determine whether the browser’s cookie support is working properly. If you reject this cookie, you will probably receive an message that your browser’s cookie settings are not working properly.

What other cookies are used?

PC Pitstop works with third-party agencies to sell advertising on our site. Some of these agencies use cookies in their advertising graphics, primarily to ensure that you do not view the same ad too many times. We do not control the issuing or use of these cookies, and they are not required for proper operation of the PC Pitstop site.

What cookie settings does PC Pitstop suggest?

To use the site properly, we recommend these settings for Internet Explorer 6. If you are using an older version of IE we suggest that you upgrade because the cookie settings in IE6 provide more control than earlier versions.

For Internet Explorer 6:

Select Tools | Internet options | Privacy tab, and click the Advanced button.

Select the following options:

Override automatic cookie handling
First-party cookies: Accept
Third-party cookies: Block
Always allow session cookies

Click the image at right for a detailed view of the dialog showing the recommended settings.

If you are having problems with cookies at our site, we recommend that you disable any cookie managers or other browser add-ins that you may be using.

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