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Deleting IE 7 Cookies

Friday, November 9th, 2007 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help, Using The Internet

Deleting IE 7 Cookies

Lately, several of you have been asking about deleting cookies in Windows Vista and while that’s a valid question, I think we all may be a little confused about this whole thing. For starters, cookies don’t really lie within your operating system, rather they come from your Web browser. So, even if you’re using the new operating system of Vista, your cookies are still stored in whichever browser you use, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. (Also, just to make sure we’re all on the same page here, if you’re not familiar with cookies, you can read all about them here). Okay, with all that taken care of, let’s continue!

From all of your questions about cookies in Vista, I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re really asking about cookies in Internet Explorer 7. Vista comes with IE 7 as the default Web browser, so if you’re new to using that, let’s go over how you can delete cookies from there. To begin, go to Start, Control Panel and double click on the Internet Options icon to open the Internet Properties box. (You need to be in the classic view for this to work. To get there, just click on the Classic View link on the left hand side of the Control Panel window).

Once you’re there, look for the Browsing History section and hit the Delete button. Another window with several options will then come up for you. Click on the Delete Cookies button to get rid of all your stored cookie files. You will then be asked if you’re sure you want to delete your cookies, so when you’re ready, just hit Yes. Next, hit the Close button and then the OK button to close everything out. That’s all you have to do. All of your cookies will be gone for good (that is, until you make new ones!) Either way, this is a good thing to do on a regular basis, just to make sure the information you put on the Internet is kept as safe as possible!

~ Erin

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