Internet cookies are small files stored on your hard drive by your browser or apps that track the information or movement about your visit to a particular website, helping you to resume where you left off, to remember your registered login, advertising preferences, and other customization functions.

Mostly, cookies are not meant to be harmful to you, but for practical reasons. In fact, they're designed to identify you to a regular website visitor or customer, present to the history browsing pages quickly and make it fast and easy to log in to a site.

However, cookies can be outdated or corrupted, which can cause error messages like 502 Bad Gateway on the websites. Also, each cookie is tiny, but piles of them could take up space on your computer and slow it down. The most important is that these cookies save information about you, like recent purchases or payment card information. I bet you won’t want advertisers or, worse, malicious hackers accessing your personal information.

This article describes the detailed steps to delete cookies on Internet Explorer browser. Before you delete your cookies, you may want to export or store them. Use the Import/Export Wizard in Internet Explorer menu to export your cookies.

Delete cookies in Internet Explorer browser

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How to delete cookie files in Internet Explorer 9, 10, 11

The Delete Browsing History section of Internet Explorer 9, 10, 11 is where you delete the cookies.

1. Click on the Tools icon on the top right of the browser window, go to Safety > Delete browsing history..., or you can go to this menu by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Delete on the keyboard at the same time.

2. Check box of both Temporary Internet Files and Cookies then click Delete. You could leave Perserver Favorites website data alone.

You will get a notice at the bottom of the browser window when the cookies and cache are deleted.

How to delete cookie files in Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8

For Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, they have the same method to delete the cookies.

On Windows Vista/7:

1. Exit the browser first.

2. Click Start, type inetcpl.cpl in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER on the keyboard.

On Windows XP (Though seldom people are using Windows XP, it’s classic and should be mentioned here.):

1. Exit the browser first.

2. Click Start > Run…, type inetcpl.cpl in the Open box, and then press Enter on the keyboard or click OK in the box.

3. On the General tab and under Browsing History, click Delete in the Internet Properties dialog box.

4. Then Delete Browsing History box is opened. Tick the Cookies check box, leave other options alone and then click Delete.

For Internet Explorer 6 and 7, you might need to click OK in the Delete Cookies Files dialog box.

If you want to delete cookies for other five major internet browsers, you can click How to delete cookies for a single site in Chrome to learn more.