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This article describes the purpose of cookies, where they are stored by Internet Explorer, and how you can remove them from your hard disk.
Cookies are bits of information written to your computer about you and your visits to Web pages. Cookies can include the following types of information:
Custom PagesThe Microsoft Network custom page (The MSN) is an example of a large cookie. After you select the options you want for your Web page, the server writes that information to your cookie to retrieve when you visit the page at a later time.
ShoppingIf you visit a site that features a "shopping cart" of items you want to purchase, a cookie can keep track of what you put in your cart. If you need to leave the Web page, the items your shopping cart will be exactly as you left it when you return. This keeps you from having to fill the "shopping cart" again.
Tracking VisitsA webmaster can give you a cookie to track repeat visits to a Web page.
Cookies LocationsCookies are stored in different locations depending on the version of Internet Explorer you are running.
Internet Explorer Versions 2.0 and 2.1:
Cookies are stored in the System Folder:Preferences:Explorer:Cookies.txt file. To remove any unwanted cookies, you can either delete the Cookies.txt file, or you can edit the file with a text editor and remove any cookies you do not want. Note that you may want to make a backup copy of the Cookies.txt file before you delete it.
Internet Explorer Version 3.0:
Cookies are stored in the System Folder:Preferences:Internet Preferences file. To remove any unwanted cookies, delete the Preferences file. This file is also used by Internet Config and may contain preferences used by other Internet-based programs (mail programs, news readers, ftp programs, and so on). Do not delete this file unless you are sure you have written down all of the settings.
Internet Explorer Version 3.01a:
Cookies are stored in the System Folder:Preferences:Internet Preferences file. To remove any unwanted cookies, follow these steps:
Cookies are stored in the System Folder:MS Preference Panels:Cookies file.
To remove any unwanted Cookies, follow these steps:
Setting Description -------------------------------------------------------------------- Never Ask Cookies are always accepted and you are never
prompted before a cookie is saved to your hard disk.
Ask For Each Site You are asked for each site whether you want
to accept or decline cookies from the site.
Ask For Each Cookie As each cookie arrives, you are asked if you
want to accept it.
Never Accept Cookies are never accepted and you are never
Article ID: 168976 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 4.0