What is a tracking cookie and How to delete them?

Cookies are a just small .txt (text) files that cannot damage your computer solely. Cookies are “set” by almost EVERY web-site that you visit, on every day basis. You can delete all your cookies today and by the time you finished surfing websites, you’ll have another pile of text files created by the websites you have visited.

Cookies DO NOT slow down a computer, at least the first million or so that you might have on your computer! This is because of its size – its size usually in bytes which is very small if you know much about computer data.

They are NOT a virus or spyware, but SOME people consider “tracking” cookies to be an invasion of privacy. These tracking cookies are “3rd party cookies” from advertising servers. They can track your movements around the web in order to deliver to you customized, targeted advertising. This can sometimes be good and sometimes be very bad in terms of personal perceptions and considerations.

It all depends on ones personal level of paranoia, whether one considers tracking cookies some kind of threat. Some anti-spyware programs do not even report tracking cookies as even a minor threat.

If these tracking cookies DO bother you AND you are using Internet Explorer for a browser, a simple change of a setting can let you permanently block all 3rd party (tracking) cookies.

Internet Explorer 7.x (Windows Version)

Exit Internet Explorer 7, and then exit any instances of Windows Explorer
Click Start, click Run, type inetcpl.cpl, and then press ENTER
On the General tab, click Delete under Browsing History in the Internet Properties dialog box
In the Delete Browsing History dialog box, click Delete Cookies
In the Delete Cookies dialog box, click Yes.

Internet Explorer 8 (Windows Version)

Click “Safety” on the Command bar
Select “Delete Browsing History”
Select the option for cookies and click Delete

Alternatively, Internet Explorer 8’s new InPrivate browsing feature allows users to browse the internet without recording information from visited sites (including cookies). To use InPrivate mode:

Click “Safety” on the Command bar
Select “InPrivate Browsing”

Firefox (Old Versions)

Tools > Clear Private Data > Tick Cookies > Ok

Firefox (Newer Versions)

Tools > Clear Recent History > Tick Cookies Box > Clear Now

Opera (Windows & Mac)

To delete all cookies at the end of every session, select it in the privacy settings under Tools > Preferences.
Click on Manage cookies to delete specific cookies or cookies from specific domains.

To delete all cookies immediately, go to Delete private data on the Tools menu.

Safari (Mac)

Safari Menu > Reset Safari > Tick “Remove all Cookies” > Reset

Safari (Windows)

Edit Menu > Reset Safari > Tick “Remove all Cookies” > Reset

Chrome (Windows)

Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list (alternatively, you can remove all cookies created within a specific time period by selecting the period you want from the dropdown list).
Select “Clear browsing history” to delete traces of which websites you’ve visited.
Select “Clear download history” to delete records of which files and programs you’ve downloaded.
Select “Empty the cache” to delete cached website pages.
You can also delete saved passwords (which log you into websites) and saved form data (such as your name and address).
Then click on the “Clear browsing data” button.
Click on the Close button when you’ve finished.

Major Contributions and Help guide from AboutCookies…You can find extensive help guide on clearing cookies on almost all browsers and versions.

Children are about the only people that are always nervous about cookies. Because cookies are an easy way for Mommy and Daddy to find out exactly what their darling ‘lil ones have been looking at on the web.