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cookies won't enable

by bvalone / December 1, 2005 7:33 PM PST

When I attempt to sign into various Web sites (google, yahoo, etc.) , I get error messages that say my cookies are NOT enabled. But they are! I have tried all recommended steps and solutions to no avail. This appears to have happened after either a systems update and/or files cleanup. I can't log in to accounts and I'm out of ideas. Help!!
I am using Windows XP Professional with SP2.

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what browser do you use?
by nino88 / December 1, 2005 11:49 PM PST
In reply to: cookies won't enable

If IE, go to tools and click on options. On Security, Privacy and Advance, choose or restore default level (medium) and see if that helps.

Also what firewall program do you use? You may want to configure the programs so some of the applications are allowed to use. The setting sometimes changes by itself after updating certain programs.

I realize this after I updated my Window and other softwares also. The firewall program I use keep asking permission for the things those I allowed before.

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IE 6.0, windows firewall
by bvalone / December 2, 2005 12:18 AM PST

I am using IE 6.0 and Windows Firewall. I have not been getting messages about the firewall blocking programs. Here's an example: go to Google home page, click on "preferences" and then I get a message that says "Your cookies seem to be disabled.
Setting preferences will not work until you enable cookies in your browser." But I've done all that.

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Bvalone, Have You Tried A Different Browser?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 2, 2005 4:46 AM PST

Please download and install the free Firefox 1.5 browser from the link below.

Does Firefox allow you to visit the sites in question?

In addition, for Internet Explorer, try this: Open the Control Panel, then double click on the "Internet Options" icon. When that loads, click on the "Privacy" tab, then move the slider to something lower, like "Low" or "Allow All cookies". See if that helps..You can also click on the "Advanced" button in the "Privacy" tab. When that opens, place a dot/tick in the box next to "Override Cookie Handling, then make sure both "First Party" and "Third Party" cookies are "Allowed", then place a CHECK mark in the "Always allow session cookies".

Obviously, setting Internet Explorer cookies to anything less than Medium makes the computer less secure, but it should give you some hints on what's happening.

Hope this helps.


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Grif...he may have
by jackintucson / December 2, 2005 5:19 AM PST

to enter the website in his cookie file to "allow" the site. I've had to do it in most ZiffDavis sites, especially TechRepublic and TechProGuild. I had the same problem with other sites. Even told them I had cookies enabled (which they were). But it wasn't until I keyed in the exact url (starting with "www" and ending in "com"). See if that works.

and life goes on...


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Have you
by PKsteven / December 2, 2005 6:37 AM PST
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looked at your settings on IE\right click \properties? They may keep being thrown back. When you change a setting to say "medium" you must hit the "reset button" next to the setting in order for it to stay. Otherwise if you simply click apply or ok, it will not change your settings and when you click ok or apply and close out, the settings go back to original. I am not an IE guru but I don't recall having to do this before as I had to after the latest update. Not saying this is the issue but had to ask.

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by bvalone / December 3, 2005 11:01 PM PST
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Hitting the resent button did it. Thanks so much!

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good to hear!
by PKsteven / December 4, 2005 3:01 AM PST
In reply to: Success!

Thank you for letting us know.
Take care Paul

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