IE7 Beeps When Deleting Cookies

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Shane Goodman, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. Greetings,

    When I try to manually delete cookies, some of them will not delete, and IE
    beeps instead.

    I can't delete all of my cookies because there are many that I need to keep,
    so I run Disk Cleanup first on the Temporary Internet Files. I then open up
    Internet Options, click the Settings button under Browsing History, and then
    click the View Files button. The Temporary Internet Files folder opens up,
    and I start deleting the cookies that I don't want. Some of them though,
    will not delete. IE just beeps. Why is this?

    Thanks,
    Shane.
    Windows XP Home SP3
    Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11
     
    Shane Goodman, Jan 29, 2009
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  2. Be aware that that is a special view which combines a display of
    both the TIF and Cookies. It is based on the contents of both
    folders' index.dat file.


    My guess would be that the .txt file referenced in the Cookies index.dat
    doesn't exist. You could use ProcMon to check on this idea.


    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle
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    Robert Aldwinckle, Jan 29, 2009
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  3. Be aware that that is a special view which combines a display of
    So, are cookies actually stored in this "index.dat" file? Is there a
    'cookies' folder?
    I'm trying to figure out ProcMon. It might take a while.

    Thanks,
    Shane.
    Windows XP Home SP3
    Internet Explorer 7.0.5730.11
     
    Shane Goodman, Jan 30, 2009
    #3

  4. No. Cookies are the .txt files that reside in the Cookies directory.
    The index.dat contains supplementary information about each Cookie,
    e.g. the extra info that you see when you open the TIF Viewer in
    Details view.


    Oh. Well, in the meantime you could also switch to a cmd window
    and enter:

    cd /d %USERPROFILE%\Cookies
    then
    find /i "Cookie:" index.dat /c
    then
    dir *.txt | find "File(s)"

    If the numbers returned by those last two commands aren't the same,
    in particular if the first number is greater than the second, then I think
    there would be a good chance that the TIF Viewer could be showing
    you something which doesn't have a Cookie associated with it,
    so then if you tried to delete it the implied file wouldn't be there
    and an error condition would occur.


    BTW I see there's a new version of ProcMon. Hopefully it won't BSOD
    as often as the older versions. <eg>


    Good luck

    Robert
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    Robert Aldwinckle, Jan 30, 2009
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  5. Oh. Well, in the meantime you could also switch to a cmd window
    I found the cookies folder at:

    c:\Documents and Settings\Shane\Cookies\

    The cookie that I'm trying to delete in the Temporary Internet Files doesn't
    exist in the Cookies directory. I'm guessing that the cookies in the
    Temporary Internet Files somehow act as a "pointer" to the cookies folder,
    which would explain them being out-of-sync so often.

    Thanks,
    Shane.
     
    Shane Goodman, Jan 31, 2009
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  6. Sort of. Did you look in the Cookies\index.dat? Its items are showing
    in the TIF Viewer. If you are getting confused by the fact that the TIF
    Viewer is showing you both Cookies and TIF files you could also open
    the "Cookies Viewer" %USERPROFILE%\Cookies and see exactly
    the same thing with a different path in the Address bar. Same compound
    view. Different label.

    Hmm... or not. That's what I used to see in earlier versions of IE.
    I am now using IE8rc1 on XPsp3 and the special view of the Cookies
    folder no longer appears. YMMV. In any case, what you are seeing
    in the TIF Viewer is not a conventional file list, just a view. Because you
    see items from both the Cookies and TIF it is a compound view.
    Use ProcMon to see the actual files involved.


    Good luck

    Robert
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    Robert Aldwinckle, Jan 31, 2009
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