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How to Delete Cookies in Internet Explorer Running on Windows XP or Vista

Cookies are the files that aid a website to know if you had accessed it previously. If you did visit the website previously then it saves all the data of the operations performed on that particular website, so that it aids the website to improve your experience on the website for the visits thereafter. There are times when you would not want the websites to know that you did access them. In this situation you would not want your computer to have any cookies related to that website. You would thus want to delete those cookies from your computer. Let us find out how we can delete cookies from your computer.

Ways to remove Cookies

Delete Cookies in Internet ExplorerThe simplest way to not save information of a particular website in a cookie is to simply disable it. There is a major problem with this. This can results in a lot of websites not functioning. So usually the cookies are enabled. The better option is to delete them. Let us find out how?

Though Internet Explorer has an option to automatically delete the cookies a lot of users prefer to do this manually which is possible and is easy. Let us take a look at how it is done.

Different users have different versions of Internet Explorer. Let us first take a look at how the cookies are deleted for Internet Explorer 6.

Steps for Internet Explorer 6 running on Windows XP

The first step is to click on the Start Menu. Once we do that then left click on Run. After selecting Run a window appears. Type “inetcpl.cpl” in the start search box and press enter. Select the General tab and in this click the option of Delete Cookies in the Internet Properties dialog box, which is under the Temporary Internet Files. After this is done click on the Delete Files dialog box. Once this is done, click to select the Delete all offline content check box. On selecting it click Delete. In this way all the cookies are deleted if you are using Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP.

Steps for Internet Explorer 7 & 8 running on Windows XP & Vista

The first step is to click on the Start Menu on both XP & Vista. Once we do that then left click on Run for XP. After selecting Run a window appears in XP there we type “inetcpl.cpl” in the start search box and press Enter but for Vista we type “inetcpl.cpl” in the start search box directly after clicking on Start Menu. Select the General tab and in this click the option of Delete Cookies in the Internet Properties dialog box, which is under the Temporary Internet Files. After this is done click on the Delete Files dialog box. Once this is done click to select the Delete All Offline Content check box. On selecting it click OK. In this way all the cookies are deleted if you are using Internet explorer 7 on Windows XP & Vista.

Caution!

In this way you can delete all the cookies stored in your computer. But if you are still not sure whether the files have been deleted or not then this is how you can verify. Go to the Internet Properties dialog box, on the General tab. Here you click on View Files which is under Temporary Internet Files. Here you should find no text files after you have followed the above mentioned procedure to delete the cookies. If there are no text files in this location, it is verified that all the cookies have been deleted.

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