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How To Delete Cookies From Firefox?

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Since deleting all of your cookies can delete passwords and make it more difficult to access websites you’ve already visited and rob you of the benefits of good cookies, a more convenient method of cookie deletion is to utilize an antispyware program like StopSign Internet Security. StopSign only identifies and deletes spyware cookies on your computer and leaves the harmless cookies, which can make surfing more convenient, alone.

 

If you do not yet own an antispyware program that can identify and delete only spyware cookies, you may follow the below instructions to remove all of your cookies. Please be aware that this provides only a temporary solution and be sure you understand the risks before proceeding:

 

Deleting Cookies in Mozilla Firefox:

 

1. Open the Firefox browser.

 

2. Click on Tools.

 

3. Select Clear Private Data.

 

4. Put a check in the Cookies check-box.

 

5. Hit the Clear Private Data Now button.

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Hi Arash, I use Firefox and there a number of good add-ons that you can use to manage cookies on the fly as well. Personally I use "CookieCuller" and "Better Privacy." I highly recommend Better Privacy for anyone using Firefox as this add-on can delete LSO's or flash based cookies. You are right about saving certain cookies for sites that require a password to load that site quicker without having to type in your password again but I prefer to delete them all when I'm ready to close the browser. That's my own personal choice of course.

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Hi Arash,

I do not have Firefox as my default webbrowser yet, but I hope that it will. I have FF v.7.01 and I have three FF cookie extensions installed:

1. Better Privacy (as Ritchie has) Its a must have for your security, if you use Flash!

2. Cookie Manager Button 1.0.16 ( gives a list of all cookies in your computer. You can delete all, or select only a few and keep the rest)

3. CookieSafe (it is a software with many options to choose between. I have not used all features yet)

How to install cookie extensions?

I have a Swedish version of FF7.01, so now I hope, that my translation into English will be approximately correct for you:

In the menu bar on top, if you placed it in top, to the left of "Help" you will find a word called "Tool" or similar. By clicking on "Tools" you will get a curtain menu. As the second option on that curtain you will find a word "Extensions" or "Add-ons" or similar. Click on "Extensions" and you will get a window (webpage) with a few options to the left. Of these click on the first option on top called ( I guess) "Fetch Extensions" or "Download Extensions" or similar. Then you will get a webpage with all Extensions available. They are a lot, so in the upper right corner is a search box. Write the word "cookie" (without (") -signs). Click on the button to the right of the search field and you will get a long list with cookie extensions . I have just received 63 results, but note, many of them are not valid for your version of Firefox. You can click on the "Install" button on the right side, but preferably click on the name of the particular extension to get a new window (webpage) of this extension with text explanation and screen shots to illustrate this cookie extension. Finally you can read all user comments about the extension. If you want to test this extension click on "Install"- button in the bottom right corner. If you are not satisfied with this extension you may uninstall it and test the next cookie extension from the list and so on. This procedure will take some time, of course, but it is important that you choose a cookie extension or extensions, that you will be satisfied with!

Good Luck from sweidre

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Hi again Arash and glad I could be of assistance. There are a number of options with Better Privacy. Here are the options that I have enabled. Of course this is just a guideline so choose the options that best suits your needs. First open Better Privacy by clicking on the icon. Click on the Options & Help tab. I have checked these options: Delete Flash cookies on Firefox exit - Delete Flash cookies by timer - Not if modified within time interval, I have this set to 30 minutes - Also delete Flashplayer default cookie - On cookie deletion also delete empty cookie folders - Disable Ping Tracking - Prevent the Firefox 'Clear Recent History' functions from handling LSO's as usual cookies. This way all flash cookies and their sub-folders will be deleted and it is safe to delete them as web sites will just re-install them as needed. There was a time when most people never even heard of an LSO. Plus most junk file cleaners cannot delete LSO's. For that reason one could have dozens, hundreds or even thousands of them, taking up HDD space, without even knowing about it and they can be used to track which web sites you visit by other web sites. That's why I delete them for, well, Better Privacy, lol! The other cookie management add-ons are pretty much straight forward and easy to use and configure. Best wishes, Ritchie...

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Have you thought about adding some security add-ons? There are a few that I use. BrowserProtect is one. It keeps other software installers and malware from changing your homepage, browser and browser settings. One I highly recommend is called NoScript. With this installed you have control over which Java applets gets loaded temporarily or permanently per web site. I have been using this add-on for years although some users might find it gets in the way while browsing the web until they get use to it. In fact there are relatively new hacker exploits that use Java scripts so this will help protect you from that. Another security add-on I use is called Search Engine Security. This helps protect you against Blackhat spam search engine optimization exploits or SEO's. Then there's KeyScrambler which will encrypt your keystrokes so if you're unlucky enough to get infected with a keylogger the bad guys still will be unable to read your keystrokes. There is also some great ad blocking add-ons you could install if you're interested in eliminating most web based advertizements. Personally I think they're very annoying and without the ads loading web pages load that much quicker so let me know if you would be interested in those as well. That's it for now. Regards. Ritchie... P.S.- You can download these yourself by opening the Add-ons Manager and click on Get Add-ons. On the upper right hand side just type in the name of the add-on in the search bar and click on the magnifying glass icon. Mozilla will take you directly to the page to download and install the add-on. Be careful to type in the name of the add-on correctly.

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