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How to delete a Browser Cookie

Updated on May 30, 2010

Ah, remember the good old days when cookies where just a treat that you got after school with a cold glass of milk? Those of us that use computers on a regular basis haven't thought about cookies in just that way in a long time. But all that most of us really know about computer cookies is that they're there. Many people don't know what they are or how to get ride of them. Here are the browser cookie basics that you've been looking for.

First, you might want to know what a browser cookie is and why you would want to delete it. The fact is that the cookie probably isn't bad or good but that it could potentially pose a risk to you in some circumstances. Basically, a browser cookie is just a chunk of text that is sent between your browser and a server every time that the browser and server connect. What it does is keep track of who you are. So let's say that you input information into an account at a popular website like Amazon. A cookie will track your information (such as your name) via this cookie and send the cookie to the server each time that you access it. That's why you can sign into a site like that and see it personalized to your name, ("Hi, so-and-so"). The cookie itself is harmless to your computer but the fact that it stores your private information makes you more susceptible to computer hacking and potential identity theft.

That would be the reason that you want to delete your cookies. But what's the process for doing it? Luckily, deleting browser cookies is easy. Just follow these simple steps and you're all set:

  • Open your Internet connection.
  • Go to "Tools".
  • Select "Internet Options".
  • Under the "general" tab, you should see "delete cookies". This may be combined with other functions. For example, you may see "browsing history" and an option to delete cookies along with temporary files and other aggregated browsing history. There are minor variations, but the point is the same - choose to delete. You may delete all of these things or just delete the cookies. Many people opt to delete the cookies and temporary files but not delete their passwords. This may or may not be an option depending on the operating system that you are running.
  • Restart your computer. This isn't a requirement; your cookies are already deleted. But many people restart the computer after taking steps like this.

Note that you also have the option of deleting only certain cookies instead of all of your cookies. If you want to go through them manually and delete only certain ones, you will follow the same first three steps above. However, instead of "delete cookies", you will choose "Settings". This will bring up a new window in which you will choose the "View files" option. You'll select "View Details" and get your list of cookies. Highlight and delete any cookies that you want to delete.

Once you've deleted the cookies that are on your computer, you might want to change the settings on your computer to make it more difficult for cookies to get stores in the future. To do this, go to Tools again and select Internet Options again. This time, go to the Privacy tab. You'll be given options for selecting a range of different security levels for cookies. You might not want the highest option because this will block a lot of websites and can be annoying on a daily basis. But a medium-high level of security will block most cookies and keep your computer activity efficient.

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    The red haired one 4 years ago

    This helped me so much! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!

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    shussain86 6 years ago

    average info but in an interesting manner! good job!

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    AnkushKohli 6 years ago from India

    Avoid your pc/laptop from fraud & virus attack by deleting your browser's cookies. Easy, simple and basic tutorial. Must read for everyone!

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    Anggun2010 6 years ago from Bandung - INDONESIA

    I always deleted my cookies after browsing something like malware or spyware..HHmmm..Just to protect my PC

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    deepakkumaarr 6 years ago

    yes this hub is helpful to those who don't know to delete the history and cookies from the browser ....

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    customreceiptbooks 6 years ago

    Good post - but the another great way to do it is to use CCleaner. It's a free program which cleans out all your excess files, cookies, etc.

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    MissKarolaina 6 years ago from Lithuania

    It's really funny and simple :>.

    When I read this it makes me smile. No matter that we are actually talking about deleting Cookies. But when You see that cookie picture. You can't smile ;> Thank You :)

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    Pankaj Gupta 6 years ago

    This is the complete post about deleting a Cookies. No need to read any other sources. You have explained very well. Keep it up.

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    manual seo 6 years ago

    Thanks for this helpful information.

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    cloudhardy 6 years ago from United State

    Informative Hub!!!!

    It is true that many people are not aware what cookies are or how to get ride of them.As mentioned in the hub Browser cookie is just a chunk of text that is sent between your browser and a server every time when the browser and server got connected and keep track of who you are.As pointed out such as cookie itself is harmless to your computer but it stores your private information makes you more susceptible to computer hacking and potential identity theft.Thanks a lot for sharing such an informative peace of text. I await your future text in this regard with great curiosity.

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    Alphabet Rioa 6 years ago from Central Eastern Africa

    I think this is absolutely brilliant.

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    Chinweike 6 years ago from Glasgow, UK

    This is really nice and well writing. In addition to all that you have writtten. It is advisable for computer users to run 'prefetch' from timt to time on there computers.

    Proud to be your 3000th follower.

    Cheers!

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    hubpageswriter 6 years ago

    Very clearly explained on how to delete browser cookies. The information is clear and easy to follow. Hub up.:) By the way the rating for this hub is 100 as of now. So awesome!!

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    Eugene Sung 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

    I would highly recommend getting a program called CCleaner. You can download it for free, and it does more than just clear the cookies. You can empty the Recycle Bin, fix your registry, and other stuff like that too!

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    Medical Writer 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Very good info.

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    AuthorSteve 6 years ago from Hawaii

    Another important thing to know, is that your browser also is saveing so called "flash-cookies" that can´t be deleted this simple...

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    skn12 6 years ago from Sambalpur(Orissa)

    Very helpful. Thank U.

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    L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

    That was a very good hub. You answered the question precisely and any one reading will now know how to delete a browser cookie. Thats the kind of article I like. Someone asks a question and it gets anwered correctly and directly

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    katrinasui 6 years ago

    Very informative hub. You explained it very well.

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    kims3003 6 years ago

    Lots of great info. with easy to understand directions. Nice writing style by the way

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    soft 6 years ago

    Thanks for this tutorial

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    mystyle143 6 years ago

    hmm, nice and informative, keep it up dear.

    stay n tch

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    jamiesweeney 7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

    I also use ccleaner. I have found, however that there are a few things that ccleaner misses that Disk Cleanup that comes with windows will pickup. I'm not sure if I could tinker with ccleaner's settings and pick them up too. Great hub! Thanks so much.

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    syedmn 7 years ago

    i always use ccleaner although there are some wonderful software that fo more than just cleaning your history. Kathryn Vercillo did you know that a browser cookie is sometimes very useful e.g. Google stores a Cookie on user's pcs in order to make the search experience more better

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    scaffolding tower 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    It's rather easy to find the clear browser cookies settings, regardless what kind of browser you use. But thanks for this.

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    Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I knew this, but i like the simplicity in which you explained it for newer tech people.

    Daniel

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    Doberman Training 7 years ago

    I'm a software developer and i can say that all' informations you gave are right. The only thing that i can add is that during the years some security precautions has been taken and now it's not so easy steal your informations also if it is still possible.

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    pm 7 years ago

    Thank you so much. This was extremely helpful and easy to follow.

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    Pooja Sharma 7 years ago from Delhi

    nice hub

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    Alexpte 7 years ago

    Good hub, useful and interesting! The best kind :)

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    Armstrong 7 years ago

    You Informations is really useful, keep the light and information shining.

    Thank you and God Bless.

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    Kathleen Lewis 7 years ago from Southern Michigan

    Think I'll print this out for my in-laws. They are always (or so it seems) asking me how to delete cookies.

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    nikhil 7 years ago

    i want my previous blogs also in the new blog

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    patco 7 years ago from Bulgaria

    Nuce. Thank you.

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    iqbal88 7 years ago

    good tips

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    martycraigs 7 years ago

    A good anti-virus program will prevent many cookies I've found.

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    Camas Articuladas 7 years ago

    Very useful hub!

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    Artemus Gordon 7 years ago

    It is absolutely amazing just how many of these you collect in a average session online.

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    Free God Of War 7 years ago

    Although it seems to be easy do it... not everyone do it! I confess that I'm a little paranoid with this and delete them almost one time per day!!!

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    tonyhubb 7 years ago

    I delete cookies once a month.. thats enough, i think :)

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    thaninja 7 years ago from America

    If you ever browse a site, and they ask you to login after certain number of pages viewed, you can always delete your cookies, then keep browsing.

    I delete cookies daily...I use roboform to remember my page settings.

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    magdielqr 7 years ago

    Very informative and interesting!

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    check history 7 years ago

    You can see where your browser has been with a real simple check at http://www.check-history.com.

    They have algorithms that will tell you if your browser has visited any porn sites, dating sites, social networks and WHICH ONES!

    There are tutorials there as well that teach you how to remove any of this incriminating evidence.

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    Tracy711 7 years ago

    this was very helpful thank you I'm a newbie and am not aware of how to do to many things. This however was easy to understand and I can do this. thank you

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    CJ 7 years ago

    Very helpful for my works in progress. Thank You!

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    Marco 7 years ago

    Nice and appropriated explanations quite often to be left by users

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    creativeMind 7 years ago from Cochin

    you can use software called window washer it can automate this task for you...

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    affan muslim 7 years ago

    thank you for the tip

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    kakabelmont@gmail.com 7 years ago

    Blogger Help explains how.

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    Kmadhav 7 years ago from New delhi

    simple but great hub................@kmadhav

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    sairu6 7 years ago from India

    i have added the steps to delete cookies in firefox over here with some images to help new users

    https://hubpages.com/technology/How-to-Delete-my-b...

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    Camping Dan 7 years ago

    Most internet users do not realize just how many cookies they pick up in a day on the net. For the most part these cookies are not only harmless they are also helpful. The classic session cookie is what allows a site to remember who you are so you do not have to constantly login.

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    Stephen 7 years ago

    Wow thank you! I'm no good with computer terminology but your advice was so easy to follow! Thank you!

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    Satyam7 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Thank your for this article. Very helpful information.

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    ajbarnett 8 years ago from Costa Blanca, Spain

    Thanks for that. Interesting stuff.

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    Big Sister 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Solved all my problems with cookies. Thanks a lot! Big kiss!

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    mindy meg 8 years ago

    I use safari and yes I do empty my cookies and cache still getting error message when I try to sign in the error message is

    bx-W9OV67

    lease can some one bring this to blogsot.com attention to fix it already

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    Debs 8 years ago

    Good info. Thanks.

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