How to Remove Cookies in Internet Explorer
Cookies are not the digital evil that some believe them to be. Nonetheless, a lot of people prefer to delete their cookies as they travel the Internet. Here’s how to purge those digital biscuits in Internet Explorer:
Choose Safety→Delete Browsing History.
The Delete Browsing History dialog box shows up.
Place a check mark by the Cookies item.
Click the Delete button.
Sadly, there’s no way to delete specific cookies in Internet Explorer; you’re given only an all-or-nothing choice. You can, however, remove individual cookies — if you can find the secret location where they’re stored.
In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, here’s where the cookies are hidden:
In Windows XP, the Cookies folder is found here:
To see the Cookies folder, summon a Windows Explorer window (press Win+E) and type one of these pathnames. Press Enter and you see the contents of the Cookies folder.
Cookies are given names based on your Windows username, followed by the at-sign (@) and then the name of the website that planted the cookie on your computer.
You can view the cookie’s content by double-clicking any Cookie icon; cookie files are text files. The content isn’t really useful, as it consists mostly of numbers that have meaning only to the website that created the cookie.
Delete a single cookie the way you delete any file: Select the icon and press the Delete key on the keyboard.
Cookies are re-created when you visit the same website again.
Cookies saved by web browsers other than Internet Explorer are stored elsewhere in your user profile folder.
You can disable cookies altogether in most web browsers, but by doing so, you render some web pages useless.