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Some cookie won't delete

by hajr12 / March 7, 2007 5:25 AM PST

I have always deleted the cookies I don't like manually each day in C:\Documents and Settings\All\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files by right-clicking the cookie in the Name column and choosing delete. It's always worked, but in the past month there have been a few that won't play ball, i.e. won't delete and remain in the folder. Any ideas why and if I can delete them some other way? I should say AdAware recognised one as a problem but it was still there even though I chose it as one for AdAware to delete. SpyBot doesn't help.

Thanks for help. PS XP Home, IE7


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Deleting cookies.
by Cursorcowboy / March 7, 2007 7:16 AM PST

1. Follow the outline described in "How to Manage Cookies in Internet Explorer 6 (Q283185)" for cookie control and you may completely clear the entire cookie folder as explained in its Q278835 link.

2. Download the "12-Wash" utility from Tucows that is listed in the "Index" near the bottom of the page -- a free!1.5MB file.

a. When executed, you'll see the tab "IE, IE, AOL" which when clicked give you the option to delete "cookies" -- among other things -- along with an "Except" button that allows you to select cookies to keep -- a history recorded in the system registry and not changed unless you do so.

b. Create a Shortcut to this program and placed it in the Startup folder which will purges all other (described in #3 above) extraneous and unwanted cookies each time the system is booted :

@echo off
@<drive> \ <path> \12wash.exe /silent /washall

Note: Complete the two items above by entering the correct drive letter and the folder name/path of where the utility resides.

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Another favorite Cookie killer
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 8, 2007 12:51 AM PST
In reply to: Deleting cookies.

is CCleaner from

If you decide to try it, beware in the installation process that you remove the tick to install the Yahoo search toolbar, (unless you want it of course).


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Deleted all but the one's I couldn't delete manually!
by hajr12 / March 8, 2007 3:56 AM PST

Thanks for the suggestion but CCleaner deleted all the cookie folder except the one's I couldn't delete manually. These remain in the folder. I only really wanted an answer as to why these very few couldn't be deleted manually - e.g., among others.

Cheers Hajr12

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 8, 2007 6:52 PM PST

Hi Harj,

It's unusual for a cookie to resist being deleted like this, especially using a dedicated cookie killer like CCleaner.


All I can think of at the moment is trying to delete them in Safe Mode. If you boot up into Safe Mode, try and delete the cookies manually from there. If that fails, run CCleaner in Safe Mode and see if that gets rid of them.

If neither of those work, reboot back into normal mode and Google MoveOnBoot. This is a utility that allows you to flag certain files to be deleted the next time you reboot the computer. Beware though, this is a powerful utility. You can easily mark other files and/or folders for deletion that you don't intend to lose. Once MoveOnBoot does its job, then they are gone for good.

Good luck, and let us know how you get on.


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by tomron / March 8, 2007 7:41 PM PST

Maybe you can't delete them cause they are not in TIF temporary internet files,LINK

You can delete them in MS-DOS Mode,note the warning


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IE Developer Tools
by tbailen / December 2, 2013 4:17 AM PST

It looks like I was able to delete 4 cookies that were stuck (couldn't delete them in Explorer) by using IE's Developer Tools.

In my case, this was with IE8:
1. Go to the offending website
2. Go to Tools > Developer Tools
3. Go to Cache > Clear Cookies for Domain

(in my case "Disable Cookies" was also checked, which may have been causing a problem with the website I was trying to log on to. I unchecked it as well.)

Alternately, you could see if you can delete the contents of C:\Documents and Settings\timothybailen\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\ or even the Content.IE5 folder itself.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 2, 2013 4:18 AM PST

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