Bad Cookies

Over time all cookies become stale and disgusting, this is true even for your computer.  As you surf the internet websites place cookies in your internet cache for tracking, or site preferences, advertising, or all other sorts of reasons.  Over time these cookies can turn bad and become corrupted, which means you can experience problems in your browser such as hangs, or not being able to load web pages.  So when you start having problems surfing, one of the first things you should do is clear your internet cache and get rid of all those cookies.  But be warned, if you clear your internet cache you may also loose all those sites that you told to save your passwords.  So be ready when it comes back up to have to re-enter your passwords again on those websites.  I will talk about how to do this in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

If you are using Internet Explorer follow the steps below to clear your internet cache.  You can choose not to clear everything, but I normally do as I want to make sure there are no bad cookies left behind.  These instructions are for wiping out all of the cache.

  • Go to Tools, Delete Browsing History
  • Uncheck Preserve Favorites website data
  • Check all the rest of the options
  • Click on Delete
  • Internet Explorer will now erase all of your internet cache including your cookies

If you are using Firefox follow the steps below to clear your internet cache.  You can choose not to clear everything, but I normally do as I want to make sure there are no bad cookies left behind.  These instructions are for wiping out all of the cache.

  • Click on the Firefox button
  • Select History, then Clear Recent History
  • Set the Time Range to Everything
  • Make sure all the options are checked
  • Then click on Clear Now
  • Firefox will clear all of your internet cache including your cookies

So there you have it.  If you are experiencing odd surfing I would start with clearing your internet cache.  If you still seem to have problems check your internet connectivity or run an antivirus scan as you may also be infected with malware.  I have other blog posts that talk about malware and viruses, you may want to check them out also.  Happy Surfing!