Originally Posted by dchan
Yes cookies are what enable websites to keep track of you however sometimes they will cause problems. If you have the expertise to delete just the cookies from us then by all means do so. Everytime you hit a site, however the site will "repopulate" your computer with new cookies. It might slow you down a little bit by a server needing to repopulate your sessions and it might make you have to enter a username or password again, but generally you won't even know you did it.
Too many times a rogue cookie or an expired cookie that didn't get cleared off correctly can cause all kinds of problems.
Also it's a good idea to clear your cookies from time to time unless you like getting all those targeted popup ads and like being tracked by dataminers. Most of which are trying to get data on you so they can send you more spam..
For the most part, cookies can be removed with no ill affect unless you are mid session with a shopping cart or online transaction. You might then lose what you are working on. Then it's just a matter of re-entering some info or logging back on..
In this vein, for whatever it may be worth to others, here's what I do, using the current version of Internet Explorer. I select Delete Browsing History from Tools, then delete Temporary Internet Files. (I also usually delete web site History, though I think this isn't necessary to achieve what I want to achieve.) Then I select Internet Options from Tools, followed by Settings from Browsing history, followed by View files. This displays all the cookies stored on the system. (Deleting temporary internet files eliminated the voluminous crap that would otherwise obscure the cookies.) Then I go through and delete cookies that aren't from a web site that I want to recognize me. This takes more time than just hitting the button to delete all cookies, but it eliminates the need to re-establish my identity at all the web sites that I do want to know me ... and at this point, that's a fair number of web sites.