Engage is known to be a tracking cookie. It was detected in 2000-2001 for the first time and it is already inactive, so it is not very likely that you will ever encounter it these days. Theoretically, even though this tracking cookie has been dead for a long time, you can still find it listed next to cookies from other websites on the web browser you use, but this would only be possible if you have been using the same web browser and computer all those years and have never reinstalled the Windows OS your device runs on, which, of course, is not very likely. Users who encounter Engage might not know anything about its presence on their computers for years because this tracking cookie is not some kind of malicious application that performs malicious activities. Usually, users find out that Engage has been dropped on their computers after checking the list of cookies on the web browser they normally use to surf the Internet. In some cases, they are informed about its presence on their computers after scanning their systems with an antimalware scanner. As mentioned, it is not very likely that you will find Engage on your PC, but if you do, you should eliminate this old tracking cookie right away. It is not malicious, but it will not improve your web browsing experience in any way because the website it used to be linked to no longer exists as well.
Our specialists could not test the Engage tracking cookie because it is unavailable; however, they have still managed to get some credible information about it. First of all, it has turned out that Engage is a tracking cookie, as you already know. Then, it has become clear that it used to be directly associated with Engage.com. Unfortunately, the original website is down too, so our researchers could not inspect it, but, according to them, it is very likely that this page was all about advertising, most likely, online advertising. Usually, tracking cookies do not perform any malicious activities. Instead, they are used to collect some information about users’ preferences and online behavior. While they are not considered very dangerous, they might still be related to privacy concerns. Their security depends on the types of information they collect about users. Needless to say, we do not recommend keeping cookies that collect personal details for unknown/unreliable companies. Luckily, it seems that Engage used to be dropped on users’ computers to record some non-personally identifiable information. According to researchers who have analyzed Engage, it is very likely that it was used to track ad campaigns, serve targeted ads, and track users. It is no longer active, but you should still remove it just in case if you detect it on your computer. You should do the same with other cookies dropped on your PC by untrustworthy websites you have opened by mistake or have been redirected to against your will.
Since tracking cookies, including Engage, are not as dangerous as malicious applications, they are not distributed using the same distribution methods. Research conducted by our specialists has confirmed that too. Most likely, Engage, like all other tracking cookies, are dropped on users’ computers after they visit certain websites, including those that are completely legitimate. Since the tracking cookie is dead, it would be best that you eliminate it completely if it happens that you find it on your computer. Tracking cookies might cause privacy concerns, so you should not visit shady websites if you do not want them dropped on your computer. A security application must be active on your system at all times as well.
If you have detected Engage on your PC, it would be best that you remove it. Cookies are not real computer threats, so it is usually quite easy to remove them, but, of course, if you know nothing about tracking cookies and their removal, you might find the manual Engage removal quite a challenge. Specialists working at 411-spyware.com have prepared the manual removal guide to make the removal of this and all other undesirable cookies a piece of cake. Yes, the manual removal guide you will find below can be used to remove other tracking cookies as well.