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How to delete cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE

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Safari

Unlike Chrome and Firefox, Safari only stores cookies from websites you visit. Nevertheless, Safari lets you easily change these settings. Since the Windows version has been discontinued, this will focus on the Mac OSX version.

Access privacy settings: Click on the Safari menu in the upper-left corner and scroll down to “Preferences.” Alternatively, in the same menu, choose “Clear History,” and you can delete everything in one go, from a variety of time frames. If you would much prefer to have more control over what is deleted, choose the “Preferences” option.

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Manage your settings: In the “Privacy” section, you can use “Cookies and website data” to dictate whether or not Safari should accept cookies. You can use the option “Remove All Website Data” to remove everything in one fell swoop. Alternatively, click on “Details” to see a list of each individual cookie stored in the browser.

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Delete cookies:  To delete individual cookies, click “Details…” under the “Privacy” tab. From there, find the specific cookie and delete it accordingly.

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Safari (iOS): Go into “Settings” and select Safari. To delete all cookies, tap “Clear History and Website Data.” To delete a specific cookie, tap “Advanced,” then “Website Data” to pull up a list of cookies stored on your phone. From there, hit “Edit,” tap the red circle next to the specific cookie you want to remove, and delete it.

Internet Explorer

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is now being pushed into the background, in favor of Edge. But many people still use Internet Explorer as their daily recommended browser, so it is still worthwhile seeing how the cookies are handled there.

Access “Internet Options”: Open Internet Explorer, click on the “Tools” menu, and select “Internet Options.”

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Manage Cookies: Under the “Privacy” tab in Internet Options, there are two sets of options – “Sites” and “Advanced.” Let’s look at “Sites” first. When you click on this, you will be presented with the option of specifying which sites are always allowed or not allowed to use cookies on your computer, regardless of their privacy policy.

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The “Advanced” section merely gives you the option of whether or not to accept First-Party Cookies and Third-Party Cookies. You can also choose if you want Session Cookies. Tick and choose as desired.

Delete Cookies: To delete all cookies, head to the “General” tab under “Internet Options” and then click “Delete…”under the “Browsing History” tab. Check “Cookies and Website Data” and click delete.

To delete individual cookies, click “Settings” under the “Browsing History” tab. From there, head to “Temporary Internet Files” and select “View Files” to see a list of all the temporary internet files Internet Explorer has saved to your hard drive. Select the files you want to remove and delete them manually.

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You can also delete your IE cookies manually on Windows. This will require you to access your hidden folders, which contain sensitive data. Only follow this route as a last resort, as any missteps can seriously damage your computer.

Folder options: Search for an application in Windows Explorer called “Folder Options.” There, check the circle that’s marked “Show hidden files, folders, and drives,” uncheck “Hide protected operating system files,” and click “Apply.”

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Access your cookie files: Open “Computer” and click on “OS Username” to access your hard drive. From there, select “AppData” to enter the hidden folder. Head into “Roaming,” then “Microsoft,” then “Windows,” and then “Cookies.”

Delete your cookies: Here, delete the text files and the text files only. Then enter the “Low” folder and delete the text files there. Once you are finished, go back into “Folder Options,” uncheck the circle that’s marked “Show hidden files, folders, and drives,” check the box marked “Hide protected operating system files,” and click “Apply.”

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