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How to Erase Cookies…

April 15, 2009 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Before we learn to erase cookies from our computers, it is essential to comprehend what a cookie is. Precisely speaking, a cookie is a text file comprising a distinctive detector that is stored on your computer by websites you visit through your browser to summon up your browsing behavior and personal setting each time you return to that site. A cookie is designed to recognize you as an exclusive user and follow you visits to that particular website. In fact, the term ‘cookie’ was introduced by a familiar idea in Unix computing known as the “Magic Cookie. Cookies are basically in data format and never as program codes.

If you are still confused, take the instance of the shopping portal Amazon.com. While shopping on this site, if anyone puts an item in the shopping cart and shuts down the computer without making payments for the selected item, the cookies will keep the entry in the shopping car till the visitor goes back to the site another time. While there are numerous myths relating to cookies – they are employed as spam, they function like viruses erasing data from your computer and they spawn pop-ups, the fact is that cookies are always a potential risk to your computer as well as confidentiality.

Though cookies occupy a minute space of your hard disc, they invade your privacy by storing up confidential data such as your name and password on secluded login pages, statistics relating to your account, your preferment or favorites and even the options made by you during your previous visit to the site. Even when you erase your surfing history, the cookies, function like an atlas, will display your favorites, passwords, penchant and other such aspects. Although they don’t possess sufficient data, they at least inform you that you had visited a particular website, which has generated them. In addition, some atrocious cookies will also track your visits to other websites.

Nevertheless, if you want cookies may be erased from your computer and the procedure too is uncomplicated. You have the choice of cleaning the hard disc either manually or using any history erasing software. Here, it is important to mention that to a great extent, the process of wiping out the cookies from your computer is determined by the Web browser you are using. Therefore, here we will focus on two main aspects related to erasing cookies – the manual process and the different procedures applicable for different Web browsers step-wise.

Erase Cookies in Internet Explorer 7.0:

  • At the top of the screen you will find the ‘Menu’
  • Go to ‘Tools’ tab in the ‘Menu’
  • Click on the ‘Internet Options’ tab
  • Next click on the ‘General’ button
  • Select the ‘Browsing History’ and click on the ‘Delete’ tab
  • Then click on the ‘Delete Cookies’ tab in the ‘Delete Browsing History’
  • You will find two options here – ‘Yes’ and ‘Cancel’. Click on the ‘Yes’ button
  • Then click on the ‘Close’ tab followed by another click on the ‘OK’ button

Erase Cookies in Internet Explorer 5.x/ 6.x:

  • Like in Internet Explorer go to the top of the screen where the ‘Menu’ is located
  • Click on the ‘Tools’ tab in the ‘Menu’
  • Next click on the ‘Internet Options’ button
  • Select the ‘Content’ tab in ‘Internet Options’
  • Then click on the ‘AutoComplete’ tab
  • Here you will find two options – ‘Clear Forms’ and ‘Clear Password’
  • Click on the ‘Clear Forms’ tab
  • Remove the ‘tick’ mark from the ‘Forms’ check box to ensure that the Internet Explorer does not save this data in future

Erase Cookies in Internet Explorer 8.0:
Internet Explorer 8.0, still in its Beta Stages, offers a unique option called ‘Private’ that enables you to browse the Internet without having to bother about temporary files like cookies being stored on your computer. If you are fed up of removing the browsing history each time you surf the Internet, just turn on the ‘Private’ option on Internet Explorer 8.0 and forget about your browsing history being stored up in the ‘History’ folder. In addition, the ‘Private’ option also thwarts the websites from tracking the user’s visit to any site. So, if you are using Internet Explorer 8.0 with the ‘Private’ option on, it is even better than deleting cookies because this browser does not save any of them.

PLEASE NOTE: Nevertheless, it may be mentioned here that in the case of Internet Explorer 7.0 and Internet Explorer 5.x/ 6.x, the browsers will still retain the cookies index.dat files accumulating data regarding your Web surfing history. It is impossible to manually delete or erase the index.dat files in Internet Explorer 7.0 and Internet Explorer 5.x/ 6.x because the Windows use them all the time.

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