How to Delete Tracking Cookies in Windows XP

By Jennifer Claerr

Tracking cookies are used by websites to store information about your selections and gather details about your Internet surfing habits and possibly more personal information. While cookies don't constitute a serious security threat, many people don't want them on their computer because it can be difficult to tell the difference between a tracking cookie and a trusted cookie. Many services, such as Web-based email services, require that you allow cookies on your computer for the email service to function properly, but deleting cookies can be done routinely and easily.

Deleting Cookies in Internet Explorer

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options."

Step 3

Click the "General" tab and under browsing history, click "Delete."

Select "Cookies."

Deleting Cookies in Mozilla Firefox

Step 1

Launch Mozilla Firefox.

Step 2

Select the "Firefox" menu and click "Options."

Step 3

Click "Options" again from the cascading menu.

Step 4

Click "Privacy" from the menu across the top and choose "Show Cookies."

Click "Remove All Cookies."