We’ve talked some about cookies (the kind which are saved on your computer, not the kind which you eat, although look at the bottom of this post for a great cookies-that-you-eat recipe!)
Some of the most frequently asked questions which we get regarding cookies are “how can I find out what cookies are lurking on my computer?” and “how can I get rid of them?”
Well, part of the reason this is such a confusing topic for users with Internet Explorer is that different versions of IE store cookies in different locations, and that can be influenced further by what version of Windows you are using.
Further, where IE used to store all cookies in a single file called, oddly enough, “cookies.txt”, IE now stores cookies as individual files, in a “cookies” folder.
So, the way to find all of the cookies currently residing on your hard drive is to first close IE, and then search using your favourite file management software for a folder called “cookies”. It is often, but not always, found in the Windows directory.
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Once you find it, list the contents of that folder, and be prepared to be amazed at the mass of cookies from places you are sure you’ve never been, all there waiting on your hard drive. Then delete as you wish, but take care not to delete something which you really want (such as the cookie to your favourite bookseller which contains all of your preferences).
If you want to stop accepting cookies, you can disable cookie acceptance in more recent versions of IE by doing this:
Click on ‘Internet Options’
Click the ‘Security’ tab
Highlight the ‘Internet’ zone (selected by default)
Select security level ‘High’ for this zone
Click on ‘OK’
Ok, now we promised you a cookie recipe. You can’t do better than the one for Absolutely Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies found at AskAnneMitchell.com.
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