Clearing Cookies

WHAT IS A COOKIE?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.

WHY CLEAR COOKIES?

Every time you visit an advertiser’s web site to complete an offer, tracking cookies are stored on your computer to allow the advertiser to tell you apart from other users, know which pages and offers to show you, and remember that an approval must be sent to InstaGC.

The problem is that a lot of offers use the same systems for displaying ads. When you hit one of these systems, if you haven’t cleared your cookies they immediately think you are doing the previous offer that you just completed. This means that for the majority of the offers, you will not receive credit if you do not clear your cookies between offers.

HOW DO I CLEAR COOKIES?

There are a few ways to clear cookies. One way is to use CCleaner. This is a downloaded application that will automatically clear cookies and cache. It is easy to use and configure, works with all browsers, and you can keep specific cookies such as InstaGC.com. Keeping the cookie allows you to stay logged in to the site. The downside is you must close out your browser in order to clean and clear it.

If you use Firefox, you can install an addon known as CookieCuller. It is a Firefox plugin which can be used to clear your cookies between offers without closing your browser. It also allows specific cookies to be preserved so you don’t have to log in again to frequently-used sites.

You can also clear cookies manually.

*Google Chrome*

Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”.
Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab, locate the “Privacy” section and click the “Clear browsing data” button.
Select “Delete cookies and other site data” to delete all cookies from the list (alternatively, you can remove all cookies created within a specific time period by selecting the period you want from the dropdown list).
Select “Clear browsing history” to delete traces of which websites you’ve visited.
Select “Clear download history” to delete records of which files and programs you’ve downloaded.
Select “Empty the cache” to delete cached website pages.
Click on the Close button when you’ve finished.

*Internet Explorer 9*

Open Internet explorer window
Click the “Tools” button
Point to “safety” and then click “delete browsing history”
Tick the “cookies” box, then click “delete”.

*Internet Explorer 8*
Click “Safety” on the Command bar
Select “Delete Browsing History”
Select the option for cookies and click Delete.

*Internet Explorer 7.x*

Exit Internet Explorer 7, and then exit any instances of Windows Explorer
Click Start, click Run, type inetcpl.cpl, and then press ENTER
On the General tab, click Delete under Browsing History in the Internet Properties dialog box
In the Delete Browsing History dialog box, click Delete Cookies
In the Delete Cookies dialog box, click Yes.

*Mozilla Firefox*

Click on Tools, then Options (or Edit | Preferences on Linux)
Select Privacy
In the Cookies panel, click on Show Cookies
To remove a single cookie click on the entry in the list and click on the Remove Cookie button
To remove all cookies click on the Remove All Cookies button.

*Opera*

To delete all cookies at the end of every session, select it in the privacy settings under Tools > Preferences.
Click on Manage cookies to delete specific cookies or cookies from specific domains.
To delete all cookies immediately, go to Delete private data on the Tools menu.

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