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01 September 2003 @ 01:36 pm
cookie question  
I deleted cookies from my browser, but I'm finding 100s of cookies in my Windows config file--can I safely delete those?
caille on September 1st, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)
I am so NOT the expert, but I do know that cookies get everywhere, and regular disk-cleaning procedures don't get 'em all. But if you are really uncertain, you could send them to your Recycle bin and leave them there for a few days, until you see whether anything completely collapses on you. Then zap 'em.
Sammy: handlittlesammy on September 1st, 2003 03:01 pm (UTC)
Deleting cookies is completely safe. The only thing that could happen is that maybe you need to log into certain web sites again. Although I'm scratching my head and wondering how they got into your Windows config file...
ex_niciasus652 on September 1st, 2003 03:39 pm (UTC)
If you haven't done so, you may want to delete all of the tmp files that are created from various window and internet functions. Go to Start Menu, and click on Search: Files and Folders. In the dialog box for Files and Folders type in '*.tmp.' Make sure the Look In box has the appropriate hard drive letter. Most times it will be the letter "C." Execute the search.

A lot of those files will have 0KB and will appear to be the registry type. Some may have KB. It's okay to delete. These are just temporary files. You can actually check the file with wordpad just to get a peep at it.

I've learned from Corporate system admin that although those files supposedly have no bites, they do in fact drag down your PC performance.

The only ones that can't be deleted are dated with today's date. These tmp files are still in use as you use your system.

The files will be deleted to the recycle bin.

This is something I do when my system starts to drag.
(Anonymous) on September 1st, 2003 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for this tip-I was at a loss to explain why my system was becoming so slow,only to find a huge number of temp files just sitting there from my old ICQ sessions and even Adobe Express files. Deleting them has made a *huge* difference in my operating speed and now that I know where to track the wee buggers down,I shall be diligent in removing them!
peasant_ on September 1st, 2003 11:33 pm (UTC)
Do you know about Adware?
If you want to keep your comp zippy it's worth knowing about adware, and this nifty free gadget to clean it out. That page explains the issue far better than I can. I found it made a significant difference to my surfing when I first used it, and you wouldn't believe the nasties it found on my sister's computer.
peasant_ on September 1st, 2003 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Do you know about Adware?
OK, so it looks as if the world and its dog has already told you about adaware - teach me to read your entries in order in future.

In THAT case let me try waffling about pop-up stoppers instead, because nobody seemed to mention those much.

The best one I know comes with the Norton Firewall - for example I didn't even know that Amazon and Google had pop-ups. It can sometimes even get a little too keen, removing pics just because the designer was silly enough to call them 'banner.jpg' or the like - I frequently don't get to see some people's decorations. Fortunatly most things can be turned off if they annoy. It does cost money of course.

However, if you have had quite enough crap from Norton recently then the best alternative I can suggest is Freesurfer which does almost as good a job, is free, small, and I know for a fact the noise it plays on slayage can be turned off.