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Internet Explorer Cookies Location

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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.

 

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1. Open Windows Explorer.

If you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista then the cookie folders are in these locations:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\
C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\

C:\Users\<username>\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\index.dat
C:\Users\<username>\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\index.dat

(on your PC they can be on other drive instead of drive C)

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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:

Learn how to change the settings of Windows Explorer to show all kinds of Cookie files

 

 

2. Open Windows Explorer.

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)

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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[2] 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.

 

 

3. Open Windows Explorer.

If you have Windows Me , Windows 98, Windows NT or Windows 95 then cookie folder is in one of these locations:

C:\Windows\Cookies\
C:\Windows\Profiles\
<username>\Cookies\

C:\Windows\Cookies\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\<username>\Cookies\index.dat

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.

back to all Internet Explorer Cookie Topics

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:24  

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0 # lol 2010-10-15 05:13
Useful info but you have to put some pictures here :lol: :-) ;-)
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+2 # user12 2010-10-15 06:51
Quoting lol:
Useful info but you have to put some pictures here :lol: :-) ;-)


I need pictures too.I have Win XP with a few user accounts.How to see then my cookies??
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+4 # ComputerPrivacy101 2010-10-15 07:03
Hi! I'm Anna, the ComputerPrivacy 101 administrator and owner.

No matter how many user accounts you have, the web cookies location in Windows XP is in these locations:

C:Documents and Settings-username-Cookies
C:Documents and Settings-username-Cookies-index.dat

username is actually your user account name and Windows Explorer will show you all user account names you have.
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0 # user12 2010-10-15 08:21
thanks, I got it.:-)
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0 # ComputerPrivacy101 2010-10-28 06:58
Hi! I'm Anna, the ComputerPrivacy 101 administrator and owner.

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