How to Delete Cookies

How to Delete Cookies. Cookies are text files that are automatically downloaded to your hard drive by Web sites to make Web browsing easier. If you have security concerns or feel the cookies are taking up too much space, you may want to delete them.

Cookies From Microsoft Internet Explorer

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Close Microsoft Internet Explorer.

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Search your hard drive for a folder labeled "Cookies."

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Open the folder.

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Note the list of text files with names of the form "user@sitename." These are cookies.

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Select the cookies you want to delete (you may want to keep the ones from sites you visit often).

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Press the Delete key to delete the selected cookies.

Cookies From Netscape Communicator

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Close Netscape Communicator.

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Search your hard drive for a file labeled "cookies.txt." This file contains all the cookies that Netscape has downloaded.

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Select the cookies file.

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Press the Delete key to delete the Netscape cookies.