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kay hirons
Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2001 - 10:29 am:   

I am trying to clean up my c-drive. The temporary internet file is full of "cookies". My disk cleanup will not delete them all at one time and give me disk space. I have to delete them file by file. It will take forever. What is a "cookie" and why are they there and how can I get rid of them all at one time and free up space?
Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2001 - 1:13 pm:   

cookies are files sent by a site you have visited to tell them who you are, and how many visits, etc. depending on the place, they may hold info as to who you are for password verification as well. so, if you have a site you need a password, or else you get another sign up page cause it says you are not allowed in, then you need the cookie, or you'll have to sign in and get a new one. some sites won't allow you to do this, they kick you back, even with a password and id, without the original cookie, so be careful on what you delete. microsoft's site is one such as this in certain areas.

i go thru them file by file, usually deleting ads first. it's better than getting to a place and ARRRRRRRRRGH! i can't get in! hehe
Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Saturday, November 17, 2001 - 2:04 pm:   

See also the post under "everything else..." entitled Deleting Temporary Internet Files Painlessly. Works like a charm.

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 - 4:19 am:   

Just an added note...if using IE5+, you can set your internet security settings to not accept cookies. Then when you go to a site that you trust and need to have a cookie set in order to access all features, content, etc. Just add the site to your "Trusted Zone" in the Tools menu. You can go into your Internet Options, click on the security tab, then click on Trusted Sites and then Custom Level to set all whatever security settings you choose for sites that you add to your Trusted Zone.

I am not into being tracked by the many invasive cookies and have them disabled for the Internet setting. I have the Trusted Zone sites settings to Prompt for cookies. Those sites I want to access that use cookies for my benefit and not just their own reasons, I add to the TZ and when I get a prompt, I just click yes. Very handy.

Of course, since I also use the cleanup routine that Brent mentioned, sites requiring passwords, I have to enter the password on a fresh visit. No big.

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