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Subject: How do I clean out my cookies?
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 4:34 AM ET
Member Since: 4/4/2005
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Sorry for the lame question, but I am not computer literate. I saw the post about excessive PBS cookies degrading computer performance and got worried. How do I clean out my cookies? I have a Sony Vaio notebook that runs on Vista, if that's any help. TIA.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:03 AM ET
Member Since: 10/26/2007
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Hi Linda,

I'm assuming you're using Internet Explorer, so go to the top toolbar and click on Tools then Options.  Under the General tab there should be a button that either has Delete Cookies or Delete Browsing History.  Click on the Delete and it'll remove the cookies.  It may take a little time if you have a lot of cookies.

Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:06 AM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2008
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Which browser are you using? Firefox and Internet Explorer are the two most common.

The thread that you saw shows an unusual occurance. A very unusual occurance. Cookies are very minor little text files that sit on your computer. In most cases, clearing them out will just create a lot of extra work for you since it will wipe out your saved preferences. Unless you're currently having a problem with your performance degrading, I wouldn't delete them just for the sake of deleting them.