How to see my cookies?

How to see my cookies?

Unread postby rajeevmahura » Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:22 pm

How to see my cookies?
Cookies are kept in special folder on your hard disk. The location of this folder depends on the version of Windows and whether or not you are using user profiles (accounts). If you have Windows Vista then the cookie folders are in these locations (note that on your PC they can be on other drive instead of drive C):


Note, that you will have to change the settings of Windows Explorer to show all kinds of files (including the protected system files) in order to access these folders.

If you have Windows XP or Windows 2000 then cookie folder is in this location (note that on your PC it can be on other drive instead of drive C):

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Cookies\

If you have only one user account on Windows XP or Windows 2000 then replace <username> with Administrator to get the paths.

If you have Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT or Windows 95 then cookie folder is in one of these locations:


Note that on your computer the Windows directory may not be C:\Windows but some other directory. If you don't have Profiles directory in you Windows directory don't worry - this just means that you are not using user profiles.

In these folders you can see all persistent cookies that are saved to your user account. The names of the cookie files are in form username@hostname. For example the cookie name administrator@altavista[2] is showing that this cookie came from and the current computer user was administrator. You can also open the cookie file to see its content but it most cases it will be encoded and not human readable.

WARNING! Even if you delete all cookie files from this folder most of the information for the cookies will not be deleted because it is saved in so called index.dat file. In some cases you can see the index.dat file in the cookie folder but even if you can not see it be sure that it is there. You can not delete this file because Windows and Internet Explorer use it all the time. The only way to get rid of the cookies for good is to shred the content of the index.dat file with a specialized privacy protection program - Mil Shield. It cleans not only cookies but also the content of all other index.dat files (yes, there are many other index.dat files - to learn where are they read the article Where are located Index.dat files?) along with history, temporary Internet files, recently used documents history, Google or MyWaySearch toolbars search history and many other tracks.
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