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Windows 7: Cookies - Strange Alphanumeric Names ?

19 Aug 2011   #1
Auld Bint

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Cookies - Strange Alphanumeric Names ?


I have just gone to clear out some cookies in the hidden folder and when I got to them I found a load of strange named cookies with names like A3B69KU.txt. I thought that it was all junk so deleted them.

However, when going back to websites with logins that were classed as "Remember Me" I needed to login to them all again, ie, the user login which is normally saved had been lost when I deleted these oddly named cookies.

Normally, all the web site cookies have a reasonably distinctive name that allows identification and so I would not delete it but with these oddly named cookies there is no means of identifying which site they belong to.

Is this something caused by a recent Win7 update or security setting, it's a bitch if I am stuck with this bollox?

Auld Bint

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19 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Exactly what hidden folder are you clearing them out of?
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19 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

These are the way MS is now naming the cookies of IE.

It's new, with the new update of IE just a week or two ago. I.E 9.0.2.

See half way down in this article -

Internet Explorer 9.0.2 Update - EricLaw's IEInternals - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

If you're clearing them from that hidden folder directly, you could still see what cookie belongs to what site by just opening one up in Notepad.

Hidden folder for IE cookies is C:\Users\YORUSERNAMEHERE\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies.
When you have protected operating system files to show in Folder Options.
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19 Aug 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

At least CCleaner still shows them with the site address.

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