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Is it safe to delete Windows Cookies Files?

    Question

  • I've recently learned about turning on hidden files, folders, and extensions. I've been browsing around and came across these files located at 

    [user name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low

    under the C: drive. The files in this folder are all Text Documents associated with various websites (some that I haven't been for a long time). Are these files safe to delete? 

    I've also found folders with files under

    [user name]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5

    Are these safe to delete too? I'm assuming they are from internet downloads and etc. 

    Also, are any files, that I find, that have associations with websites safe to delete?

    Wednesday, February 02, 2011 11:46 PM

Answers

  • the cookies can be used for authentication, storing site preferences, shopping cart contents, the identifier for a server-based session , or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie


    You can delete the cookies if you don't visit the sites again.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Thursday, February 03, 2011 8:25 PM
  • Cookies can help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. Most major websites use cookies.


    You can easily remove any cookies that have been created in the cookie folder. If you are very comfortable with cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you may want to keep the cookies for a longer time for storing your personal access information and browsing history.

    If you share access on your computer, you can then delete the cookies as often as possible. Otherwise deleting cookies once in a while is considered a good practice.

     

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    Thameem
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 4:52 PM

All replies

  • the cookies can be used for authentication, storing site preferences, shopping cart contents, the identifier for a server-based session , or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie


    You can delete the cookies if you don't visit the sites again.


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Thursday, February 03, 2011 8:25 PM
  • Cookies can help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. Most major websites use cookies.


    You can easily remove any cookies that have been created in the cookie folder. If you are very comfortable with cookies and you are the only person using your computer, you may want to keep the cookies for a longer time for storing your personal access information and browsing history.

    If you share access on your computer, you can then delete the cookies as often as possible. Otherwise deleting cookies once in a while is considered a good practice.

     

    <If this post helps to resolve your issue, please click the "Propose as Answer" If you find it helpful , mark it as helpful by clicking on "Vote as Helpful" button at the top of this message. By marking a post as Answered, or Helpful you help others find the answer faster>


    Thameem
    Sunday, February 06, 2011 4:52 PM