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    Lightbulb What are Cookies?

    Cookies are small files that Web sites put on your computer hard disk drive when you first visit.

    Think of a cookie as an identification card that's uniquely yours. Its job is to notify the site when you've returned. Cookies should not be confused with viruses. While it is possible to misuse a cookie in cases where there is personal data in it, cookies by themselves are not malicious.

    Many Web sites, including Microsoft's, use cookies. Cookies tell us how often you visit pages, which helps us find out what information interests you. In this way, we can give you more of the content you like and less of the content you don't.

    Cookies can help you be more efficient. Have you ever put something in a virtual shopping cart in an online store and then returned a few days later to find that the item is still there? That's an example of cookies at work.



    Cookies let you store preferences and user names, register products and services, and personalize pages.

    But if you never register or leave personal information at a site, then the server only knows that someone with your cookie has returned to the Web site. It doesn't know anything else.

    You're in charge of deciding whether we know anything about you.

    For a more detailed explanation, see Microsoft Help and Support: Description of Cookies.

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    Thanks for more info on Cookies, my sister asked me the same question not so long ago, so i copied & paste & sent to her what you posted. I love chocalolate chip Cookies YUMMY

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    A browser can store 20 cookie for each webserver, 300 in all, each cookie of 4 KB size.
    A cookie contains a name, a value, Expiry time, path, comment and version information of any webpage.

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    Cookies are really tasty! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMav View Post
    Cookies are really tasty! :P
    what say about your humor ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramesh Kumar MVP View Post
    what say about your humor ?
    i think imav is a great fan of Raju Shrivastav (an Indian stand up comedian)

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    If you want to see your cookie folder, type: SHELL:COOKIES into the Start/search box and hit Enter. That will bring up your cookie folder. If you do not do a regular cleanup with e.g. CCleaner, you will be amazed how many cookies you have in there. There is nothing wrong deleting all of them - sometimes you loose a website sign-in which you will have to redo. But nothing dramatic will happen.

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    Although a few years old, Ben Edelman provided an interesting analysis, sponsored by Clicks2Customers, in Cookies Detected by Anti-Spyware Programs: The Current Status.

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