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Cookies - Delete

How to Delete Cookies in Windows 7 and Vista
Published by Brink
28 Jun 2010
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How to Delete Cookies in Windows 7 and Vista

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Cookies are small .txt (text) files that websites put on your computer to store information about you and your preferences, such as your name, site login password, preferences, shopping cart info, and more.

This will show you different ways on how to delete cookies in Windows 7 and Vista.





OPTION ONE
To Delete Cookies Using CCleaner
1. If you have not already, you will need to download and install the free CCleaner.

2. Run CCleaner, then make sure that Cookies is checked and click on the Analyze button. (see screenshot below)
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3. Click on the Run Cleaner button to delete everything checked in step 2 above. (see screenshot below)
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4. When finished, you can close CCleaner.




OPTION TWO
To Delete Cookies through Windows Explorer
1. Open Folder Options, and select (dot) Show hidden files, folders, and drives and uncheck the Hide protected operating system files box. (see screenshot below)
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2. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the hidden folder location below. Select and only Delete any listed .txt files (cookies) that you want to delete. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can also just type shell:cookies in the Start Menu search box and press enter to open to this location without having to mess with Folder Options (step 1 and step 4).

Code:
C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies
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3. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the hidden folder location below. Select and only Delete any listed .txt files (cookies) that you want to delete. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can also just type shell:cookies\Low in the Start Menu search box and press enter to open to this location without having to mess with Folder Options (step 1 and step 4).

Code:
C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low
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4. Open Folder Options, and select (dot) Don't Show hidden files, folders, and drives and check the Hide protected operating system files box. (see screenshot below)
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5. When finished, you can close Windows Explorer.



OPTION THREE
To Delete Cookies through Internet Explorer
1. Open the Control Panel (All Icons view), and click on Internet Options.
A) Close the Control Panel.
B) Go to step 3.
OR

2. Open Internet Explorer, then click on Tools and Internet Options (see screenshots below)
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3. Under Browsing history in the General tab, click on the Delete button. (see screenshot below)
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4. Check Cookies, and click on the Delete button. (see screenshot below)
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5. Click on OK. (see screenshot below step 3)

6. When finished, you can close Internet Explorer.



OPTION FOUR
To Delete Cookies through Firefox
1. If you have not already, you will need to download and install the free Firefox.

2. Open Firefox, then click on Tools and Options. (see screenshot below)
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3. Click on the Privacy option icon, then click on the Show Cookies button. (see screenshot below)
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4. To Only Delete a Selected Cookie
A) Select on or more cookies or cookie folders, then click on the Remove Cookie button. When done, click on Close. (see screenshot below)
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5. To Delete All Cookies
A) Click on the Remove All Cookies button, and click on Close. (see screenshot above)
6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below step 3)

7. When finished, you can close Firefox.
That's it,
Shawn





28 Jun 2010   #1
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Great idea for a tut. This is a question that comes up very often and there were a multitude of answers. This is now part of my favs, to give to those who want to delete their cookies.


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28 Jun 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you Richard.
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28 Jun 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

One more option: Type shell:cookies into start/search and hit Enter. That brings up the cookies folder where you can delete them all or selectively.
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28 Jun 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you for the reminder WHS. It has been added under step 3 and 4 in OPTION TWO.
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28 Jun 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Shawn, now you got me. What is the difference with or without the \low? The 2 folders seem to have different properties in terms of # of files.
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28 Jun 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

WHS,

They are just two different locations that cookies are saved at. You'll find that most cookies are usually saved in the Low folder (subfolder in Cookies folder).
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28 Jun 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, Got it.
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