Cookies are not totally bad. They are useful for recognizing you as a return visitor to a site, but after awhile they take up a lot of room on your hard drive. If your computer is running slower it may be because you haven't cleared your cookies in a while. Here is how you disable and enable cookies for different browsers.
1. For Navigator 3.x
Select "Options", then "Network Preferences" from the main menu.
Change to the "Protocols" tab.
Navigator 3.x does not have an option to completely disable accepting cookies.
To get a prompt: Check "Accepting a Cookie" under "Show an Alert Before"
2. For Explorer 5.x
Select "Tools" then "Internet Options" from the main menu.
Change to the "Security" tab
Click "Custom Level"
Scroll down to the "Cookies" section.
To enable: Set "Allow cookie that are stored on your computer" to Enable" Set "Allow per-session cookies" to "Enable"
To disable: Set "Allow cookie that are stored on your computer" to "Disable" Set "Allow per-session cookies" to "Disable"
To get a prompt: Set "Allow cookie that are stored on your computer" to "Prompt" Set "Allow per-session cookies" to "Prompt"
3. For Explorer 4.x
Select "View" then "Internet Options" from the main menu.
Change to the "Security" tab.
Select "Custom" and click "Settings..."
Scroll down to the "Security" section.
To enable: Select "Always accept cookies"
To disable: Select "Disable all cookie use"
To get a prompt: Select "Prompt before accepting cookies"
4. For Firefox 1
To display the stored cookies, click Show Cookies. Click the Exceptions button to allow or deny specific sites to store cookies on your computer, regardless of the global settings.
You have three options of for how long Firefox should store cookies, as explained below:
1. Until they expire (This is the default option. Cookies will be stored for as long as the site specifies.)
2. Until I close Firefox (This will remove cookies when you close the browser.
3. Ask me every time (Select this option to gain maximum control of which cookies are allowed to be stored on your computer. A confirmation dialog will be displayed each time a site tries to save a cookie.)
5. For Firefox 2
Firefox 2 can accept, and regularly wipe away, any cookie you haven't explicitly told it to keep. Here's how, Click Tools, Options, Privacy, check Accept cookies from sites, and in the "Keep until" drop-down box, select I close Firefox. To keep cookies from a few trusted sites, click Exceptions, and in the dialog box, enter the URLs of the sites whose first-party cookies you wish to keep in the "Address of web site" field. Click Allow for each, and when you're done, click Close And OK.
If you're using Firefox 1.5, click Tools, Options, Privacy, Cookies, check Allow sites to set cookies, and choose for the originating site only.
6. Internet Explorer 6 and 7 have good cookie-handling procedures.
IE lets you keep first-party cookies that you leave at the site you've visited but block those from third parties. Here's how you do it, Select Tools, Internet Options, Privacy, Advanced. In the Advanced Privacy Settings dialog box, check Override automatic cookie handling. Under "First-party Cookies", select Accept; and under "Third-party Cookies", choose Block. Ignore the session cookies option. Click OK twice.