All versions of Internet Explorer gather the cookies of web sites that you have visited with this browser. These cookie files are kept in a special folder, which contains an index.dat file and one text file for each stored cookie. The location of this folder depends on the version of Windows.
IE cookies can not be seen through Internet Explorer browser, so follow these steps to see all Internet Explorer cookies stored on your computer through Windows Explorer.
If you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista then the cookie folders are in these locations:
(on your PC they can be on other drive instead of drive C)
Important: If the cookies folder is empty, change the settings of Windows Explorer and you will see all kinds of cookie files stored into this folder:
If you have Windows XP or Windows 2000 then the cookie folders are in these locations:
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Cookies\
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Cookies\index.dat
(on your PC it can be on other drive instead of drive C)
Note: If you have only one user account on Windows XP or Windows 2000 then replace <username> with Administrator to get the paths.
In these folders you can see all persistent cookies that are saved to your user account. The names of the cookie files are in form username@hostname. For example the cookie name administrator@example is showing that this cookie came from www.example.com and the current computer user was administrator. You can also open the cookie file to see its content but it most cases it will be encoded and not human readable.
If you have Windows Me , Windows 98, Windows NT or Windows 95 then cookie folder is in one of these locations:
Note: On your computer the Windows directory may not be C:\Windows but some other directory. If you don't have Profiles directory in you Windows directory don't worry - this just means that you are not using user profiles.
Privacy Protection Tip: It is recommended to delete the unwanted and tracking cookie files every day to protect your Computer and Internet privacy.
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