A cookie refers to temporary text file that is downloaded on your computer whenever you open a Web site. It basically aims at storing your session information so that the site can identify you the next time you visit it. For example, a cookie can store your login credentials so that you need not have to log in again and again for visiting any page of that website.
Although such cookies are helpful, there are many other cookies that aim at fulfilling some wicked intentions. These are third-party cookies that track or follow you on the web so that the advertisers can use your surfing history to know your interest and display related ads accordingly. For example, if you visit sites related to jewelry, you will surely come across more ads related to jewelry on Web sites.
This actually puts your privacy at risk. This is where you will exactly feel the need to delete cookies from your computer, especially when you have worked on a PC at cybercafé and now want to ensure that all session data is deleted. So, let’s now see how to delete cookies from your computer. However, in this article, we will see how to delete normal cookies, not the flash ones
Delete Cookies Via Web Browsers
You can delete cookies via all the browsers such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. In this article, we will see how to delete cookies via IE, Chrome, and Firefox because these are the most used browsers.
To Delete Cookies Via IE 8
1. Open Internet Explorer.
2. Open the Internet Options dialog box by selecting Tools –> Internet Options.
3. Click the Delete button in the Browsing history section. This will open the Delete Browsing History dialog box.
4. Ensure that only the Cookies check box is selected.
5. Click the Delete button. All the cookies will now be deleted.
Alternatively, you can manually delete cookies by clicking the Settings button that is located in the Browsing history section and then clicking the View Files button in the Temporary Internet Files and History Settings dialog box.
This will display a list of all temporary files and cookies in Windows Explorer. Choose this option if you want to delete only third-party tracking cookies that are present as .txt files with the domain name of the sites that you did not visit.
To Delete Cookies Via Firefox
1. Open Firefox.
2. Select Tools –> Clear Recent History to open the Clear All History dialog box.
3. Ensure that Everything is selected from the Time range to clear drop-down box.
4. In the list box below Details, ensure that the Cookies check box is selected.
5. Click the Clear Now button. This will delete all cookies stored in the browser.
Even in Firefox, you can delete cookies manually by navigating to Tools –> Options –> Privacy –> Show Cookies. Now, a list of cookies will be displayed. To delete a cookie, select it from this list and click the Remove Cookie button.
To Delete Cookies Via Chrome (both normal and flash)
1. Open Chrome.
2. Enter chrome://settings/content in the Location bar to view Content Settings.
3. Click the All cookies and site data button. A list of sites will appear along with the number of cookies it has stored on your computer.
4. Click the desired site name to see all the cookies.
5. Click the x icon on the right side to delete all cookies of that site.
Delete Cookies Via CCleaner
Choose this option if you work on multiple browsers, as CCleaner can delete cookies from all browsers simultaneously. It is a free third-party program that also allows you to store the desired cookies via its filter list. In its Applications tab, you can select the Cookies check box under each browser program before clicking the Run Cleaner button.