How to Remove Cookies From the Hard Drive

Cookies are small text files that websites download on your hard drive to allow you to access and run the websites better. They also come in the form of tracking cookies which, unlike regular cookies, track browsing activity and display pop-up advertisements. Clearing and removing cookies from your hard drive is not only a simple process but one that is important to perform regularly, to keep your computer free of tracking cookies that cause web browser problems.

Windows Vista Users

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Click the Windows "Start" button and click "My Computer." Double-click the "C:" drive and double-click the "Users" folder.

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Double-click your username and double-click the "AppData" folder. Double-click the "Roaming" folder and double-click the "Microsoft Windows" folder.

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Double-click the "Cookies" folder. You should see all the cookies that are on your hard drive. Highlight all the cookie files and press the right-click on your mouse. Click "Delete" to remove the cookie files.

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Close the cookies window and empty the recycle bin to remove all the cookies from your hard drive.

Windows XP Users

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Double-click "My Computer" on the desktop and click the "C:" drive.

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Double-click the "Documents and Settings" folder and double-click your username folder. This folder is the administrator folder.

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Double-click the "Cookies" folder. Highlight all the cookie files and press the right-click button. Click "Delete" to remove the cookie files. Close the cookies folder and empty the recycle bin to remove the cookies from your hard drive.