Gator is an older tracking cookie. Even though it was detected back in 2010 for the first time, specialists suspect that some users might encounter it these days as well. Theoretically, some websites might still use it to keep some information about users even though it seems that the company behind it has already been closed and its official website (http://www.gatorcorporation.com/) is down too. Of course, we suspect that it is not longer as prevalent as it used to be some time ago. In fact, there is a possibility that only a handful of users, especially those who have been using the same web browser since 2010 and have never reinstalled their OS, will encounter Gator these days too. Tracking cookies are plain text files, and, in fact, they are not malicious. Of course, some cookies used by cyber criminals or unreliable websites to receive some information about visitors might exist, but it is more the exception rather than the rule. Feel free to eliminate Gator from your web browser even though it is not considered malicious. We are sure you will not lose anything by getting rid of it. Of course, other tracking cookies that have been dropped on your system over the years will stay where they are, but you could clear them all with our manual removal guide as well. Continue reading to learn more!
We have already told it, but we are going to say it again – Gator is a tracking cookie, but it is not malicious. As a consequence, there is no reason to freak out if it is ever detected. Cookies may have a bunch of different functions, but they usually keep some information about users’ habits, online behavior, interests, and more. Gator is no exception. Even though our research team could not find a working sample and, as a consequence, could not carry out an in-depth Gator analysis, they suspect that this particular tracking cookie is used to fill out forms and remember users’ passwords. Cookies are dropped on users’ computers when they open websites using them, or when users click on certain advertisements, but it seems that Gator might differ from other cookies a bit – it comes with the application named OfferCompanion. It has been developed to help users save some money on the web. Can you find this program installed on your computer? If so, this is the reason Gator can be located too. If the presence of Gator has helped you to discover the application that has been installed on the system without your permission, we would recommend getting rid of that program ASAP; however, if OfferCompanion was deleted long ago but you have still come across Gator recently, you should make it gone too. It is not because it is harmful – it is simply pointless to keep it.
Some tracking cookies may raise privacy concerns, but Gator is not one of them. It simply remembers passwords and fills out forms automatically. If you do not know anything about its appearance and do not feel very happy about its presence on your system, feel free to erase it. Please use our manual removal guide (see below) if you feel that you need some guidance. As for automated security applications, not all of them will detect and delete Gator for you since it is, technically, not malicious.