How to Get Rid of Tracking Cookies

By Pamela Gardapee

Tracking cookies on your computer can monitor your surfing habits. Normally these cookies are not a problem, but you should clear tracking cookies from your computer when you delete your temporary files and your Internet history. Besides deleting the cookies from your computer, you should also run anti-spyware software, such as Norton Anti-Spyware or another reputable software.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-spyware software

Delete Tracking Cookies in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Click on the "Tools" menu at the top of your Internet browser. Move your cursor over "Internet Options." After the box opens, go to "Browsing History" and click "Delete."

Step 2

Select "Temporary Internet Files," "Cookies" and "History." Click "Delete."

Step 3

Allow the computer to perform maintenance on the computer to get rid of the cookies, history and temporary Internet files.

Remove Tracking Cookies with Anti-spyware

Step 1

Open your anti-spyware software. Click the "Start" button. Select "Scan for Tracking Cookies." Click "Scan Now." Allow the program to scan your computer.

Step 2

Select the best option for removal. You can use "Remove All," "Ignore" or "Remove," which is for removing each item individually. In most cases, you can use "Remove All." This will delete any cookies from your computer that were installed when you downloaded software from the Internet and any other cookies or spyware on your computer.

Step 3

Scan for tracking cookies with the anti-spyware software weekly.