For better or for worse, every computer has cookies. Cookies serve a variety of purposes, many of which are useful. However, there are the self-serving type of cookies as well. These are the kind that would-be prowlers search for when trying to hijack someone’s information. There are spy programs and other hazardous wares that can all lead to headaches (or worse) unless you take the necessary protective precautions. Remove cookies from your computer using Disk Cleanup before you have a major problem.
Click the “Start” tab on your computer. Then, open “Accessories,” then “System Tools” and “Disk Cleanup.”
Remove or compress files. One of those options is the “Temporary Internet Files”; make sure that box is checked. Then, simply run Disk Cleanup. Don’t be alarmed if it takes a long time to run, especially if you have never run Disk Cleanup before. The best option would be to run Disk Cleanup before you go to bed at night, so that your computer is ready to go in the morning.
Those are the basics. For best results, you would want to combine you cookie removal efforts with some for of anti-virus software. Running disc cleanup is recommended on a monthly basis.
Doing the above procedure will help protect you and your computer from harm, as well as help your computer maintain an optimal level of performance.
- Open your web browser (IE, Firefox, etc.). At the top, there is a toolbar with “File,” “Edit,” and so on. Click Tools. Once the tools menu drops down, go to the Options menu (This is slightly different for each browser, so look around until you find the one with privacy and user options.) So, to repeat, you open the web browser, then click on Tools –> Options .
- Look through each of the tabs until you come across details about “Temporary Internet Files”, or “Cookies”. At this point, you will have the option to choose “Delete All” or you can pick and choose which files you want to keep and which you want to destroy. Once you are certain of your choice (Delete All or just some), click the “Apply” or “OK” button. This will remove cookies from your browser, so that when you access the Internet any stored pieces of information will be removed.