How to Erase Cookies on a Computer

By Contributing Writer

Erasing or deleting cookies from your computer is a great way to free up space and protect your privacy. Cookies are small files that are saved on your hard drive and each time you visit web sites the site looks for these files so it can gather information about you and your computer. Cookies can also pose a threat to your privacy by allowing other people who have access to your computer to view these files and learn what web sites you have been browsing. If you are using Internet Explorer 7 or later, here is a quick and easy way to remove the Cookies and protect yourself from such invasions of privacy.

Step 1

Start Internet Explorer and locate the Menu bar at the top on the left side.

Step 2

From the Menu bar select "Tools."

Step 3

Select "Internet Options."

Step 4

Go to the "General Tab."

Step 5

Under the "Browsing History" area, click the "Delete" button.

Step 6

In the Delete Browsing History window click the "Delete Cookies" button and then click "Yes."

Step 7

Click "Close" and then "OK" to save.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using an older version of Internet Explorer, the steps are very similar except once you reach the "General" tab you should see the button for "Delete Cookies" there.
  • Cookies can be useful for day to day Internet browsing and some web pages will not operate correctly without them. Many websites use Cookies to identify you when you visit their site so that they can load any options or preferences that you may have chosen when visiting the site previously. Keep in mind as well that deleting your browse history will not necessarily delete Cookies.