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Emptying Temporary Internet Files Folder Leaves Cookies Files

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When you empty the Temporary Internet Files folder in Internet Explorer,files that start with the word "Cookie" may remain in the folder.
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These files are pointers to the actual cookies that are located in theWindows\Cookies folder. To retain the association between thesepointers and the actual cookie files, they are not deleted when you emptythe Temporary Internet Files folder. However, if you manually delete acookie file from the Temporary Internet Files folder, both the pointer tothe Cookies folder and the cookie file located in the Cookies folder aredeleted.

Cookies are files that are written to your computer about you andyour visits to Web pages. For additional information about cookies, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
154360 Information About the Security Alert Message for Cookies in Internet Explorer and Outlook Express
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Article ID: 158769 - Last Review: 06/22/2014 18:10:00 - Revision: 5.0

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