What are cookies?
A cookie is a harmless text file stored on your computer that is used by your Web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, FireFox, Opera, Chrome and Safari) which is then sent to the web site which set the cookie, which can mean data can be persistently sent to a web site when necessary. This is especially useful and necessary if you are logged into a website. In order for the web site to understand you are an authenticated user, it needs to understand you logged in before. This is just one of the reasons cookies are used.
More information about cookies can also be found at AboutCookies.org.
How can I remove cookies that are set?
To remove individual cookies, it is more involved and not every Web browser supports this. However, you can remove all cookies set within your web browser easily by deleting stored data within your web browser’s settings panel or menu options.
Note: If you remove all cookies, history and other website data, you may lose saved data that keep you logged into websites and to auto-fill data on web sites (depending on the web browser you are using) – for example, passwords you have saved in FireFox to be remembered next time you access a specific website.
Click on the Firefox menu, then go over to the History menu option, and select Clear Recent History..
For a more elaborative explanation, please see the guide via the Mozilla website.
What version of Internet Explorer are you using?
To determine what version of Internet Explorer you are using, please click on the question mark in a blue background on the top-right of Internet Explorer (the menu option is to the right of the Tools menu option). Then follow the steps below to remove your history.
Internet Explorer 9
If you’re using Internet Explorer 9, please go to the Tools button on the top-right of the window, and point to Safety and select Delete Browsing History.
Internet Explorer 8
If you’re using Internet Explorer 8, please go to the Safety menu and select Delete Browsing History.
Internet Explorer 7
If you’re using Internet Explorer 7, from within Internet Explorer, go to the Tools menu in the top-right and select Internet Options. From the Internet Options window, in the General tab and under Browsing History select Delete. From here you can choose to delete stored cookies and other items.
For further explanation on how to remove stored cookies with Internet Explorer 6 through to Internet Explorer 9, please read the guide on the Microsoft website.
It entirely depends what platform you are using as to the exact steps. However, in general, the steps are to go to Preferences (if you’re using Windows, this may be found in the Opera menu button on the top-left and on OS X this is found in the Opera menu option on the OS X menu bar). From the Preferences pane, go to the Advanced tab and from the left of this new display, go to Cookies. This specifically allows you to delete individual cookies. To remove all cookies, please go to the Tools menu option and select Delete Private Data…
For more information, please read the guide on Opera website.
Click on the Tools “Wrench” icon in the top-right of the Chrome window, and select History and then select Clear all browsing data…
For a more elaborative explanation, please read the guide on the Google website.
For general security, it is recommended you run the latest version of any software you use, which also includes your web browser as the latest versions may include security fixes and enhancements. It is recommended you upgrade to the very latest version of Internet Explorer available for your version of Windows (whether Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP). You can update to Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9 by going to the Windows Internet Explorer page on the Microsoft website. It will show you which version of Internet Explorer is available for you to install.