How to Manage and Delete Cookies
Cookies are small text files written by a web browser that contain information about your interaction with one specific site. They include information such as what you placed into a virtual shopping cart, your username for logging into the site (not the password), products you viewed during your last visit, and any other information that could be used to tailor the visit just for your needs.
Typically, cookies are not threats to your computer. Cookies can improve your browsing experience by allowing sites to remember your preferences or letting you avoid signing in each time you visit certain sites. However, some cookies may put your privacy at risk by tracking sites that you visit.
Block or allow cookies
If you don’t want sites to store cookies on your PC, you can block cookies. But blocking cookies might prevent some pages from displaying correctly, or you might get a message from a site letting you know that you need to allow cookies to view that site. Blocking cookies might prevent some pages from displaying correctly, or you might get a message from a site letting you know that you need to allow cookies to view that site.
So, if you’re concerned about what your privacy and want control over your website visits, here’s how to clear cookies from the latest version of your web browsers.
Applies to Internet Explorer, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7
To delete cookies
- In Internet Explorer, select the Toolsbutton, point to Safety, and then select Delete browsing history.
- Select the Cookies and website data check box, and then select Delete.
To block or allow cookies in Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10
- In Internet Explorer, select the Toolsbutton, and then select Internet options.
- Select the Privacy tab, and under Settings, select Advancedand choose if you want to allow, block or be prompted for first and third-party cookies.
- Select the Privacy tab, and under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies (or the bottom to allow all cookies), and then select OK.
To reset privacy settings to their original level, tap or click Default.
Applies to Google Chrome
Google Chrome lets you accept, block or easily delete cookies, control browsing data.
- Click on the “Menu” tab in the upper-right corner and select “Settings.” Once the new tab opens, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Advanced.”
- Under the “Privacy and security” panel click on “Content settings,” and then select “Cookies.”
You may also simply type “chrome://settings/content/cookies” into your address bar, and Chrome will take you to your intended destination.
On the “Cookies” panel, you will see three toggles:
- Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended),
- Keep local data only until you exit Chrome
- Block third-party cookies. This third option means advertisements won’t be able to read cookie data provided by a parent website, preventing them from using that information across multiple sites.
Deleting cookies: If you want to delete it all, click on the “Remove All” button, and you will be cookie-free. You can delete cookies individually, too.
You can also select “Clear Browsing Data” from the “Privacy and security” panel to quickly remove all cookies.
By default, it’s set to only clear data from the past hour, so you will want to change that accordingly.
Applies to Mozilla Browser
Delete cookies for a single site
To delete cookies for one website:
- Click the menu button and choose Options.
- Select the Privacy & Security panel and go to the History
- In the drop-down menu next to Firefox will, choose Use custom settings for history.
- Click Show Cookies.
- In the Search:field, type the name of the site whose cookies you want to remove. The cookies that match your search will be displayed.
- Select the cookie(s) in the list to remove and click Remove Selected.
- Click Close to close the Cookies window.
Delete all cookies
To delete all cookies stored on your computer, either open the Cookies window as explained above and use the Remove All Cookies button, or else do the following:
- Click the menu button and click Library
- Click History and then click Clear Recent History
- Set Time range to clearto Everything.
- Click on the arrow next to Detailsto expand the list of history items.
- Select Cookiesand make sure that other items you want to keep are not selected.
- Click Clear Nowto clear the cookies and close the window.
Block Cookies for all sites
To set Firefox to block cookies from all websites:
- Click the menu button and choose
- Select the Privacy & Securitypanel and go to the History
- In the drop-down menu next to Firefox willchoose Use custom settings for history.
- Remove the check mark from Accept cookies from websites.
- Close the about:preferences Any changes you’ve made will automatically be saved.