Where are all the Cookies??

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lisag

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I have been told that you are suppose to delete your cookies at least every few days. Where all are they at?? The only place I have found them Is when I double clicked on my computer then on C then on windows and then on cookies. Is this the only place they are?? What about the history folder? I'm afraid to bother anything! Be my luck I will erase something I need!
:rolleyes:

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WhitPhil

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Hmmm.... I see nothing in the link that is specifically cookies related. (unless I'm scrolling too quickly :) )

Deleting the \TIF files will not affect the cookies. In order to delete cookies, in the Tools > Options > Settings, Click on View Files.
If you have not deleted the \TIF files, click on the column header to sort by name, and scroll to the cookies.

Each (cookie) file you delete here, deletes the "real" cookie in \Windows\Cookies.
 

lisag

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Thank you WhitPhil! It worked-I just did as you said and then had to log back in before I could reply--stupid me!! LOL:rolleyes:
 
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Hi all
I had a real interesting day working on
cookies and history files from ie. It seems
cookies and history files are not deleted
like we like to think with this. They are
stored in files that are not deleted normally
through tools.
Cookies are stored in a file call index.dat,
and is located at windows\temporary internet files\
content.ie5\
The only way I was able to get rid of this file
was using deltree in dos.
Like I said it was interesting.
 
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It's really not necessary to delete cookies on a regular basis. Cookies can be a good thing. If the sites you visit frequently require you to log in, you can allow a cookie to remain on your computer that will bypass that. Certain sites also remember regional preferences like www.buy.com. If you don't allow the site to create a cookie, you have to select your country every time you visit.

Some people see cookies as an invasion of privacy, and they can be. If you want to delete them, there's definitely nothing wrong with that, but they can be useful. The great thing about Internet Explorer 6 is the control you have over what types of cookies you will allow on your computer. It's one of the main reasons I upgraded right away.
 
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deanas

I believe the index.dat file get automaticlly recreated by windows and starts filling up again. Here's a little program that lets you clean out the .dat files when you think there getting to full.

http://www.fsm.nl/ward/

As TechChick said though some cookies are a good thing

buck
 

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deanas:

The index.dat files are actually index files that IE uses to find items more quickly, like an index in a book.

The Cookie index is in \cookies, the \TIF index.dat is in \Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 and the History index is in \History.

The difference with cookies is that the ones you see in \TIF are just pointers that refer to the real ones in \cookies.
 
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Thanks for all the input. For those still thinking
you are removing cookies from internet explorer
tools go to Buck52's post and go to the site
he posted.
Do a find file search in start for index.dat before
you start browsing and check the size. Then check
after browsing.
I don't really care if someone is checking out my
browsing. But it ticks me off that ms gives a tool
and then it doesn't do what it's suppose to. Since
I don't use cookies to gain access to any sites
and just because ms seems to be playing tricks
I added deltree to wipe out index files and history
files in autoexec.bat every time I restart.
That's why I said I had an interesting day.
 
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