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Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?

Don Firth 07 Sep 14 - 06:25 PM
GUEST,Rahere 07 Sep 14 - 06:55 PM
GUEST,DaveRo 08 Sep 14 - 02:13 AM
Mr Red 08 Sep 14 - 02:53 AM
GUEST,.gargoyle 08 Sep 14 - 03:28 AM
Bonzo3legs 08 Sep 14 - 03:59 AM
GUEST,DaveRo 08 Sep 14 - 04:01 AM
GUEST 08 Sep 14 - 05:16 AM
ripov 08 Sep 14 - 05:51 PM
Mr Red 08 Sep 14 - 07:22 PM
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Subject: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: Don Firth
Date: 07 Sep 14 - 06:25 PM

Crush! Kill!! Destroy!!!

Back in those glorious days of Windows XP, I knew how to get into the Cookies file and every few days (or oftener), I would open the file and have a little "dung-out," deleting files that I'd accumulated while surfing. I could do so selectively, deleting the ones I know are going to keep interrupting me with ads, and others whose presence makes me suspicious. But keeping the ones I want, such as Mudcat, and Amazon, and a couple of others, so I don't have to sign in every time, they recognize me.

Mourning the death of a couple of computers since then, and having been given a demonstrating (by a friend who is a Microsoft employee) of Windows 8—and noting that she didn't really seem to like it much—I managed to have my most recent laptop (Acer—custom assembled at a local shop) loaded with Windows 7.

I don't like it as well as XP, but I manage to get along with it okay.

But—!

I am plagued by hordes of pop-up ads practically before I get the damned thing turned on in the morning!! And all the bloody day long!

HE-E-E-E-E-LP!!!!

Do any of our resident techie geniuses (genii?) know how, using Windows 7, I can get into the Cookies file and give it a good, but selective hosing out? I will bless you all my days!!

(I'll bet Bill Gates secretly uses an Apple! A good, brisk dope-slap on the back of his head that makes his hair fly and knocks his glasses off is in order.)

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: GUEST,Rahere
Date: 07 Sep 14 - 06:55 PM

AdAware for starters.
Mpost browsers have a way to do this in their setups, Firefox is Tools - Options - Privacy tab, Removel Individual Cookies.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: GUEST,DaveRo
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 02:13 AM

I assume this is Internet Explorer.

But you misunderstand what a cookie is. Cookies don't cause pop-ups or adverts. Some of them might affect what you see in those pop-ups or adverts - so called tracking cookies.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: Mr Red
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 02:53 AM

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/remove-cookies-windows-7/6142f0f5-1590-4813-9817-cd7147dce7a2
IE hides it well and I haven't found it yet but the above link should help when I get round to using it. Errr Tools > Browsing History > Delete and choose.
IE is for certain things like Flash video and BT (UK ISP)

Firefox allows you to edit cookies which I do, "Tools" > "Options" > "Privacy" > blue text (not a button)

Hope this helps.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 03:28 AM

I have fought (and posted warnings in years past) the "$hlt Out of Luck" SOL , "flash media" COOKIE.

Ripping them out by force...led to an early death to two powerful PC's.

Linux is an option and turning off Adobe Flash.

Here is an old article on the subject.

www.wired.com/2009/08/you-deleted-your-cookies-think-again/

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

Go to a flash media site....watch something....leave....disconnect from the internet....scan your disk and look for "New Files" created within the last hour. You will discover the beginning of the "slime trails" criminal investigations start with.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 03:59 AM

ccleaner I think its called, or more commonly known as crapcleaner will remove all such trails!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: GUEST,DaveRo
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 04:01 AM

Browsers have moved on. There are at least four places that websites can store information temporarily or permanently on your computer:
- traditional cookies
- local shared objects aka' flash cookies'
- 'HTML5' localStorage and sessionStorage
- web applications can store data in their own databases

None of these actually causes pop-ups. Popups within the browser are mostly caused by javascript within the website (but may be caused by malware). You can turn javascript off, but then most websites won't work.

My advice would be to use a better browser, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, because Internet Explorer is the most-targeted. Configure the built-in popup-blockers, and install add-ons such as AdBlock Plus to get rid of intrusive adverts.

Make sure your machine is free from Malware and has suitable anti-virus and anti-malware programs installed. (I don't use Windows so I won't advise on which.)


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 05:16 AM

OK, a fuller workup.
Firstly, antivirals. Most AV companies have an interest in hooking you and keeping you hooked, so they keep you paying. I was, in passing, taught how to write a virus by Alan Solomon himself, which goes some way to my supporting the suggestion that some of these companies walk both sides of the street, insofar as it's in the interest of the survival of their company for viruses to continue to be a problem. But to suggest it is a true case of mafia-type warehouse insurance is to go too far, enough problems come out of China's and Russia's governments to ensure the business continues. for myself, I didn't pay for the problem, I rather prefer not to have to pay for the solution, so I use the AVG free variant for viruses.
That solves the need for prophylatic cover. But at the same time, there are less noxious but still unwelcome ads and trackers, and for that I use AdBlock Plus and Ghostery under Firefox. For all that we should support the sites we follow, we already do to some extent in the internet subscriptions we pay monthly. If you want to whitelist the Cat, you can do so, but I mostly see no moral justification for making people rich whose sites don't add much to the wealth of human knowledge.
Apart from anything else, I already know all about what interests me, and I find nothing so irritating as some crap computer program trying to sell me a Chinese rip-off of what I'm about just because they think I know no different.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: ripov
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 05:51 PM

It's on your %username% menu on the start menu, or "C:\Users\%username%\Cookies" but Windows won't let you see the contents.
To open it download and run "Take Ownership" available from "How to Geek".

Full instructions are there.

I think this is a "virtual" file, ie it's not actually a file but a set of references, like a "library", because the same content appears in various places, and deleting something in one deletes other occurences as well.

Personally I just set up ie and ff to delete all on exit, this just leaves the hassle of logging into Mudcat every time I feel like pontificating. Don't need any other cookies.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where Windows 7 hides Cookies?
From: Mr Red
Date: 08 Sep 14 - 07:22 PM

the "removing cookies in Win7" link got corrupted - I tested this again and it should work.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/remove-cookies-windows-7/6142f0f5-1590-4813-9817-cd7147dce7a2


It was operator error - you didn't close your link, just had the address but didn't put in your target text. Fixed and now appears twice. --mudelf


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