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    Cookies & Temp IE Files (IE 5.5 SP2)

    In the WinWatch, November 5 2001, Vol. 4 No. 18, issue there was an interesting Q & A on Eliminating Temporary Internet Files.

    At the very end there was a "Note, that while you can safely delete the entire contents of Temporary Internet Files, by doing so you'll eliminate all your cookies..."

    My follow up question is: What are the relationships between the contents of the "Windows/Cookie" subfolder and the Cookie files that are in the "Windows/Temporary Internet Files"?

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    Re: Cookies & Temp IE Files (IE 5.5 SP2)

    Despite how it looks, there really are no "cookies" in the TIF. The objects you see in the TIF are frequently referred to as "cookie pointers". They point to cookies that live in the Cookies folder.

    If you delete a cookie in the TIF, the cookies it points to in the Cookies folder is also deleted. However, the opposite is not true! If you delete a cookie from the Cookies folder, the "dead pointer" remains in the TIF. This is undesirable. Therefore, it is better to delete cookies from within the TIF.

    Is that enough info?

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