Faster Performance

  • While cookie files are quite small, they can still build up and slow down your system performance. When too many cookies are allowed to accumulate, those unneeded files can bog down the system and cause it to run more slowly than it should. By taking the time to delete the cookies and temporary Internet files from your computer, you can increase the speed and performance of your computer’s performance

Enhanced Security

  • Have you noticed how the ads that you see on the internet are items or subjects you have looked at recently? While many cookies are harmless, others can be used to track your every move on the Internet. Businesses often use these tracking cookies to study consumer behavior, but many computer users consider them an invasion of privacy. By setting your web browser to delete cookies each time you close your browser, you can thwart these tracking attempts and reduce the risk of a security breach.

How to delete cookies in your Browsers

Internet Explorer

For many years, Internet Explorer was the undisputed top browser in the market. These days, Mozilla’s Firefox, Google’s Chrome browser and Apple’s Safari have taken sizable chunks of Explorer’s previously huge market share.

Use the steps below to clear cookies in Internet Explorer.

Step 1: Press Start

Step 2: Click Control Panel

Step 3: Double click Internet options

Step 4: Under the General Tab, you will see ‘Delete temporary files, history, cookies, saved passwords…’  Click Delete

Step 5: The Delete Browsing History dialog box will appear, click the ‘cookies’ checkbox

Step 6: Click the delete button at the bottom of the dialog box

Step 7: You will be taken back to the Internet properties dialog box. Click ‘ok’

Mozilla Firefox 2.0+ / 3.0+ / 4.0+/8.0+

How to delete cookies in Firefox

Before going through the steps below, make sure you are using the latest version of Firefox for your OS. Doing this ensures that you benefit from the latest security updates offered by your browser. Keep in mind that the more popular a browser is, the higher the chance that it is being targeted for spyware or malware infection.

Step 1: Look at the top end of your Firefox window and you will see a ‘Firefox’ button. Click it and click ‘Options’

Step 2: Click on ‘Privacy’

Step 3: You will see ‘Firefox will:’.  Set it to ‘Use custom settings for history.’

Step 4: Click on the ‘Show Cookies’ button on the right side

Step 5: If you want to delete cookies set by individual sites, enter the complete domain or partial domain name of the site you want to manage in the search field. Your search will retrieve the list of cookies set for that site. Click ‘Remove Cookie’

Step 6: If you want to delete all cookies, click the top of your Firefox window and click on your Firefox button. Click the History menu and pick out ‘Clear Recent History…’  Select ‘Everything’ for the ‘Time Range To Clear’ option. Click on the downward arrow located next to ‘Details’.  This will open up the list of items. Click ‘Cookies’ and make sure all the other items are unselected. Click on the ‘Clear Now’ button at the bottom. Close your ‘Clear Recent History’ window.


Google Chrome

How to delete cookies in Chrome

Step 1: At the top right side of your browser toolbar, click on the Chrome icon

Step 2: Click on Settings

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom and click ‘Show advanced settings’

Step 4: Under ‘Privacy’, you will see ‘Content Settings’, click on this

Step 5: Under ‘Cookies’, you will see ‘All cookies and site data’, click on this.  Please note that you can block cookies altogether from being set on your browser by clicking ‘Block sites from setting any data.’ Unfortunately, many websites you browse will stop working if you do this. It is better if you just periodically clear your cookies manually instead of preventing them from being set by your browser.

Step 6: You will see a full listing of all your cookies. You can click REMOVE ALL to clear all your cookies or you can pick a particular website and clear your cookies from that site.



How to remove cookies in Safari

Please note that if you change your cookie preferences in Safari or remove the cookies in your browser, this might remove or change the cookie settings in your other applications including your Dashboard.
This guide is for OSX Lion

Step 1:  Open Safari.

Step 2:  Click Safari then Preferences. Click on ‘Privacy.’

Step 3:  Click on ‘Details.’

Step 4:  You will see a lit of websites that store cookies. You can remove single sites by clicking the ‘Remove’ button and selecting a site. If you want clear all cookies, click ‘Remove All.’

Step 5:  When you have finished removing sites, click ‘Done.’