Need of Deleting Internet Cookies

Get to know more about disabling Internet cookies

You can see the details of the websites in the system that you have visited in the hard disk. These details are known as cookies. This is the information saved on the client system by the server to remember the details of the website visited. Normally, a cookie records your preferences when using a particular site. The hypertext transfer protocol makes each request in the system different. A cookie is a mechanism that lets the server machine to store its own information about a user on the user's own system. You could view the cookies that have been stored on your hard disk. The location of the cookies will be different for different cookies. Internet Explorer keeps each cookie as a separate file under a Windows subdirectory. Netscape stores all cookies in a single cookies.txt fle. In Opera, the cookies are stored in a dat file. Cookies are usually used to rotate the banner ads that a site sends so that it doesn't keep sending the same ad as it sends you a succession of requested pages. They could also be used to customize pages for you based on your browser type or other information you might have provided the website.

Following are tips to delete Internet cookies from different browsers:

  • Internet Explorer

  • Mozilla

  • Safari

Internet Explorer

To enable cookies in Internet Explorer, you need to follow the proper steps. Initially you need to open the Tools menu and Internet Options. After this you need to select the Privacy tab and there you could adjust the settings. You now have two options depending on how much you want to restrict cookies; automatic cookie handling and the restrict selective sites. The first option blocks all the third party cookies from the system. Here you could provide the website name which you want to block. The restrictive option offers more security to the system.


In Mozilla also you need to select the 'Tools' menu followed by the options. Here also you could see the privacy tab and select any of the options from the available two. After this you could see the 'Accept cookies' option enabled. To disable the option, you could remove the tick mark in the option.


In Safari, you need to open the Preferences option located under the Safari menu. Then you need to select the Security option. Window will then open up displaying various tabs, including 'General', 'Appearance' and 'Security'. Under the 'Accept cookies' option, you just need to select the 'Never' option.

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