How to Delete Tracking Cookies in Windows XP

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Tracking cookies are used by websites to store information about your selections and gather details about your Internet surfing habits and possibly more personal information. While cookies don't constitute a serious security threat, many people don't want them on their computer because it can be difficult to tell the difference between a tracking cookie and a trusted cookie. Many services, such as Web-based email services, require that you allow cookies on your computer for the email service to function properly, but deleting cookies can be done routinely and easily.

Deleting Cookies in Internet Explorer

  • Launch Internet Explorer.

  • Click the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options."

  • Click the "General" tab and under browsing history, click "Delete."

  • Select "Cookies."

Deleting Cookies in Mozilla Firefox

  • Launch Mozilla Firefox.

  • Select the "Firefox" menu and click "Options."

  • Click "Options" again from the cascading menu.

  • Click "Privacy" from the menu across the top and choose "Show Cookies."

  • Click "Remove All Cookies."

Tips & Warnings

  • Try software programs such as Ad-Aware or Spybot Search & Destroy to delete tracking cookies and block them from being put back on your computer.
  • For the best protection, make sure you routinely update the virus definitions for all anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-adware software on your computer.

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