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How to Delete Cookies on My Computer

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What are cookies on your computer hard drive?

A computer cookie is a piece of data which often includes an unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from a web site you visit, stores as a file on your computer, identifies you as a unique user and track your web usage.

They can do everything from monitoring your visit throughout web sites, tracking how many times you've visited the site, how long you've been on the site, your log-in information at a particular page to remembering important information about your computer. They are stored in your hard drive.


Why should I remove them?

Most of them are useful in web surfing. Some ("session cookie") last only until you close your browser. This type of cookie is mainly used to remember choices that you make as you navigate through a web site.
Many sites leave them on your computer so that they recognize you when you return to their sites. These ("persistent cookie") identify you so that options and preferences that you have chosen in the past are used for your current visit to the site.

But in one of their malevolent forms, the ones from one web site might track your visits to a different web site. For example, most of the ads that you see on web sites do not come from the site that you are viewing, but from sites that provide ads to many sites. When the advertising site displays the ad, it can send them on your computer.

This lets the advertising company track your web usage over a range of sites and profile your browsing habits.
They can compromise your privacy as they can store sensitive information like your name and password on protected login pages, preferences, account information and choices you have made on the site.

So, even if you clean browser history, these files like a map will show your surfing preferences, habits, passwords, etc. Even if they don't contain such information they clearly show that you visited the sites from which they came.

should i delete cookies?


We will see how to check and remove it for a site or to clear all of them.


Clear a Cookie Internet Explorer Windows 7 and Windows 10

Internet Explorer 8.0

  1. Select Tools.
  2. Select Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookie check box.
  4. Click the Delete button.

Internet Explorer 7.0

  1. Select Tools.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Open the General tab.
  4. Under Browsing history click the Delete button.
  5. Click the Clear cookies button and then click Yes.
  6. Click Close and then click OK.


Internet Explorer 6.x/5.x

  1. Select Tools.
  2. Select Internet Options.
  3. Open the General tab.
  4. Click the Delete cookies button.
  5. Click OK.

More on internet explorer cookie here


How to Clear Cookies Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Click More. Settings
  3. Click Advanced
  4. Then, Click Content Settings
  5. Click Cookies
  6. Click Remote All
  7. Confirm clicking Clear all

More on Chrome cookie here


How to remove cookies in Firefox

Firefox 3.0

  • Open the 'Tools' menu and select 'Clear Private Data'.
  • Select 'Cookies' and click 'Clear Private Data now'.

Firefox 2.x

  1. Select Tools.
  2. Then, select Options.
  3. Select Privacy.
  4. Under Private area click Clear Now.
  5. Select 'Cookies' and click 'Clear Private Data now'.
  6. Click OK.


More on Firefox Cookie here


Clear a Cookie in Safari and MAC

Open Safari in your PC or MAC

  1. Select Edit.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Click Security.
  4. Click Show Cookies.
  5. Select the cookies and click Remove. If you want to delete all cookies, click 'Remove All'.

More on Safari Cookie here


Erase a Cookie in MSN Explorer

For MSN Explorer select Tools and then select Browser History.

  1. Select Delete cookies.
  2. Click Delete All.


For MSN Explorer select Tools and then select Browser History.

  1. Select Delete cookies.
  2. Select the Delete cookies automatically and click OK.


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