How to Find Cookies on Your Computer

By Joanne Mendes

Cookies are packets of information picked up when a computers user visits certain websites. The cookies are stored in the individual's Web browser and contain tracking and preference data. Merchants use cookies to develop user statistics. Cookies also store user preferences and are necessary for shopping cart use on the Internet. It is important to know how to locate where cookies are stored on your computer for security purposes.

How to Find Cookies on IE

Step 1

Open your Web browser.

Step 2

Click "Tools" on the main toolbar and choose "Internet Options."

Step 3

Click on "Settings" under "Browsing History."

Step 4

Click "View Files" in the "Temporary Internet Files" box. A window will open containing a long list of files, those files are the cookies stored on your computer

How to Find Cookies on Firefox

Step 1

Open your Web browser.

Step 2

Click "Options" under the "Tools" tab.

Step 3

Click the "Privacy" tab.

Step 4

Click "Show Cookies." A box will appear containing a list of all the cookies stored in the Firefox browser.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cookies do not cause computer viruses or enable malware or adware download on computers.Cookies are also known as Web cookies, tracking cookies and http cookies.