View Full Version : Why are cookies in 2 places

02-04-2003, 10:55 PM
I ususally clean out cookies, internet cache, history, etc. with some utilities, which seems effective.

It deletes cookies in C:/Windows/temp internet files/.....

BUT, there is another folder - C:/windows/cookies

that in there the cookies remain for about a year.

Does anyone know, or can explain, why there are 2 places that the cookies are saved, and why? Do we need to have the 2 places ?

Thanks, Bazza.

03-04-2003, 07:32 AM
I am not sure why. It just is.

Why do we have multiple directories in c:\windows\temporary internet files\ that seem to contain the same thing? We just do.

We don't have to understand. Just accept. I looked in my cookies folder when I saw this posting and there were about 12 different files with AD at the begining. I mourn their departure.


03-04-2003, 12:14 PM
Ever used a decent file/folder display utility to uncover all the copies of index.dat (which among other things stores a copy of just about every URL you've ever visited - or had "popped up" on your screen outside your control?)

When I last counted, there were 30-odd, and about half-a-dozen of them resisted deletion. And according to the URLs contained therein, I visit gay porn websites!

Our Windows PCs are not our own. They belong to Microsoft, law-enforcement, and just about every spam marketer that cares to sneak something in.

It's only the task of installing and learning a whole new OS that turns me off moving entirely to Linux. That and the feeling that the buggers will still get in some way. I probably will junk Windows one day soon.

In the meantime, just track them down and keep them scrubbed regularly; Window Washer, Cache Sentry, AdAware.....all that good stuff.

We don't have to put up with this.

Any other recommendations?


03-04-2003, 12:17 PM
And, it goes without saying; use the non-MS alternative wherever possible - browser, email, etc.


mark c
03-04-2003, 12:21 PM
> Any other recommendations?

I use Opera and find once having set up the preferences in "delete private data" then history, tenp folder and cookies are gone with one click.

Takes maybe a minute or twoto set up, it's pretty straightforward and then you don't get this incessant chore of cleaning out like you do with IE or Explorer.

Don't want to start a big war about IE/Opera but frankly it's one simple way to leave all that clutter and worry behind.

Cheers mc :D