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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Install and open "Spybot S&D" (see Resources). Follow the prompt to update the program to the newest definitions.
Click "Check For Problems." Orphan Cookies are included in the S&D search.
Click "Fix Selected Problems." Make sure the orphan cookies box is checked off in the bottom pane.
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