Orphan Cleanup Tracking Cookie Removal

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Orphan Cleanup Tracking Cookie Removal
Modern browsers use cookies mostly to personalise a user's experience. (adress bar image by Wiktor Osiecki from Fotolia.com)

Browser "cookies" are simple text files used to store session information for websites a user visits. "Tracking" cookies are shared across websites to help follow a user's browsing habits and are usually used for shopping site suggestions or banner ads. A tracking cookie becomes "orphaned" when the parent entry in the browser's index file is lost or deleted. These cookies are usually totally innocuous but sometimes they are difficult to delete.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Install and open "Spybot S&D" (see Resources). Follow the prompt to update the program to the newest definitions.

  2. 2

    Click "Check For Problems." Orphan Cookies are included in the S&D search.

  3. 3

    Click "Fix Selected Problems." Make sure the orphan cookies box is checked off in the bottom pane.

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