Step by Step How to Clear Cookies on Your Computer

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In 2016, more than three-quarters of Americans were online.

As more people connected to the world wide web, companies became more interested in their habits while they’re online. One of the ways in which they get insight into those habits is computer cookies.

Cookies are simply a piece of data that’s stored on your computer so a website can store your browser history. But cookies can also cause security problems, so it’s not a good idea to leave them stored on your computer for long.

Luckily, there’s a fast and easy way to get rid of the cookies stored on the computer. Keep reading to learn more about how to clear cookies on my computer.

Determine Your Web Browser

A web browser is an applicaion that you use to surf the internet. The most common browsers are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Apple Safari. You’ll need to know which web browser you use in order to clear your cookies.

Google Chrome has three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of your browser. Those three horizontal lines are what you’re going to use to clear your cookies.

The logo design for Mozilla Firefox is a brown fox wrapped around a blue globe. You can’t always find it in your browser window. You can head to the three horizontal lines in the upper right corner of your browser, click “Help”, and look for the “About Firefox” information to be sure that’s the browser you’re using.

Internet Explorer is a blue, lower-case “e”. Look for this logo on the left side of the URL bar (i.e. where you type the web address that you want to visit).

If you’re running a Mac product, it came with Apple Safari. This browser has yellow, green, and red lights in the upper left corner. It also has an Apple logo on the toolbar at the very top of the screen.

How to Clear Cookies on My Computer

Learning how to clear cookies on your computer is easier than learning how to apply for Social Security Disability. All you need to know is what browser you’re using. From there, follow the directions for your web browser as outlined below.

Google Chrome

Click on the three horizontal lines at the upper right of the browser window. Select “Settings” from the menu that pops up.

From settings, you can go to your “Privacy” settings. From there, click “Clear browsing data”.

Leave all items unselected except “Cookies, site data”. Finally, click “Clear browsing data”.

Mozilla Firefox

Find the three horizontal lines at the top right corner of the browser window. In the menu that pops up, click “Privacy”.

In the Privacy tab, choose “Clear your recent history.” Leave all the other items unselected except “Cookies”. To delete all of the cookies, select “Everything” and then click “Clear now.”

Internet Explorer

Click “Tools” and select “Internet Options.” Find the “General” tab and go to “Browsing History.” Click “Delete.”

From here, you have to select the boxes for “Cookies and website data” as well as “Temporary Internet Files and website files.” Click “Delete” to remove those files.

Apple Safari

From the “Edit” menu, find “Preferences”. Then click “Security” followed by “Show Cookies”.

Select “Remove All” and then “Done”. You can then close the “Preferences” window.

More Help With Technology

You can now confidently say “I know how to clear cookies on my computer.” All it takes is identifying what web browser you’re using and then following some quick instructions. Do this every couple weeks to keep your computer free of cookies.

And for more helpful technology tips like this, check out our Technology blog regularly.

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