Dear Computer Lady,

Love your newsletter. Please, just what are cookies, and should I delete them?? If so, how does one delete them? 

Thank you for your help, Carole

Dear Carole,

Cookies on your computer are nothing more than small text files.

You can actually get rid of all the cookies on your computer if you wish. The only thing they do, is hold information about your activities and/or account information with a particular website.

If, for instance you shop at frequently, a cookie from their website identifies you and will include your name and items you might be interested in when you visit their website.

If you delete your cookie, the website will show you a generic page and you will have to log in using your username and password before you can access your account with them.

To get rid of all your cookies, go to the control panel and open the “Internet Options”.

On the “General” tab, click on the button that says “Delete Cookies”.

If you are using an older version of Internet Explorer, this option is not available, and you will have to go to the C: \Windows\Cookies folder and delete them manually.


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