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Cookies are packets of data files used by websites to track people’s internet usage when visiting websites. They usually cause no harm to your PC like malware or viruses. However, they may compromise your browsing privacy. Companies may also embed ads on cookies to collect information about you and hence send you specified ads based on your browsing trends.
Below are steps on how to clear cookies from browser.
How to Clear Cookies in Internet Explorer
Many people still prefer the Microsoft Internet Explorer as their default browser despite the several other upcoming browsers in the market today. Therefore, you may still want to know how to remove cookies on internet explorer if it is your preferred browser. This process takes a few simple steps as listed below.
Step 1: Open the browser itself that is if you aren’t already running the browser.
Step 2: Click on the Tools tab, which will provide you with a drop down menu box.
Step 3: In the menu, select the Internet Options.
Step 4: Go to the Delete button under the Browsing history option.
Step 5: Mark the cookies and website data and then click delete. There is also the possibility of deleting individual cookies. To do this, go the Settings tool and click on the browsing history tab. Go to the temporary Internet files and choose the View Files option. This will provide you with a list of records internet explorer has stored on your computer hard drive. From here you can either select single or multiple cookies to delete manually.
How to Clear Cookies in Google Chrome
If you prefer the Google Chrome browser, the steps to clearing the cookies are outlined here.
Step 1: Open your Google Chrome browser.
Step 2: Open the toolbar browser and then click on the more tab.
Step 3: Click on the History option then tap on the clear browsing data. You will be provided with a menu showing options of what browsing data to clear.
Step 4: Check on the cookies, cached data and files then click on delete. This will get rid of all the cookies chrome stored on your computer during your browsing session. You can also choose to delete individual cookies.
How to Clear Cookies in Firefox
Mozilla Firefox usually accepts cookies by default. Therefore, to remove all cookies, the following steps will guide you.
Step 1: Click the Menu button and select the options tab.
Step 2: Move to the Privacy tab within the History.
Step 3: Firefox will prompt you to ‘Use Custom Settings for History.’ This will also allow you to change your preferences on the cookie policies offered by Firefox.
Step 4: Click ‘Show Cookies’.
Step 5: Select individual or all the cookies and clear them.
How to Clear Cookies in Safari
Safari usually stores cookies from just the websites you browse. To delete cookies on Safari:
Step 1: Click on Safari in the top left of your screen.
Step 2: Click on preference. A window will appear with several options.
Step 3: Click on the Privacy tab, then choose the Remove all website Data.
Step 4: A pop-up window asking you to erase the data appears. Click on Remove Now.
It is often important to delete cookie data to avoid violation of your privacy by other users. Sites can also use these data to access your private information in an attempt to customize your browsing experience.