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Memoire Level 1 (10 points)
Hi, I deleted a list of cookies that I don't want, keeping those I do. After a restart I checked again to find that the cookies that I deleted were still there. How can I delete these unwanted cookies permanently?
Thank you.

MacBook & iBook, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iPad & iBook
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,820 points)

    Not possible to delete cookies permanently.

    You can have more control by clicking Safari from your menu bar then click Preferences. Select the Security tab.

    Select: Only from sites I visit

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 (20,490 points)
    no eh
  • Memoire Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi Carolyn, Thank you for your reply. I know how to delete 'all' the cookies using Onyx for example, but I am not sure how to delete specific cookies in Safari.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,820 points)
    I keep forgetting Onyx has that feature.

    In Safari... click Safari / Preferences then select the Security tab. Click: Show Cookies

    You can delete individual or all.

  • Memoire Level 1 (10 points)
    THanks again Carolyn - but that was what I did at first. Once you close then reopen the cookies in the Safari preferences the deleted cookies reappear. That is why I posted the note. I can eliminate all but I wish to keep some that are necessary.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,820 points)
    That's why I said you could delete all or individually.

  • Memoire Level 1 (10 points)
    Carolyn, there must be a misunderstanding. Initially I did delete individual cookies, about 400, leaving the ones I wanted to keep. After closing the cookies and preference panels, the reopening the cookies I found the cookies I deleted and don't want are still there. I tried this yesterday and today and this is why I placed my post to find a solution. The individual cookies while deleted reappear.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,820 points)
    Quit Safari.

    Open a Finder window then select your Home folder in the Sidebar on the left. Then open the Library folder then the Cookies folder.

    Move the Cookies.plist file from the Cookies folder to the Trash.

    Relaunch Safari.

  • Memoire Level 1 (10 points)
    Wow Carolyn - did you see my messages, there are cookies I want to keep. As I already stated Onyx will do that job equally as well, however I want to delete specific cookies. I realise you gave this a shot, but it is not the solution to address the problem. Thank you for your try, this is a problem best resolved by someone who has specifically experienced the same issue and found an accurate solution.
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,600 points)
    As for automatic deletion of cookies: no, Safari does not do that. This means in practise that you have to click on Show Cookies and manually delete those you do not want retained. You obviously want to keep the ones for regularly visited sites (like Apple) to speed up log-in etc.

    I have Cookie Preferences set to 'Accept cookies only for sites I visit', but I only wish to retain cookies for the sites i regularly visit, like these forums and others.

    To that end I use a small app called SafariCookies:

    which only works on Leopard and Snow Leopard. This adds an item in Safari Preferences whereby you can automatically delete all cookies on shutdown, except those particular 'favourite' ones you wish to retain to avoid entering your user name and password each time you visit.
  • Memoire Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi Klaus, I think Safari Cookies should be the solution. Like you I just want to keep cookies for sites I log into regularly like Skype, Forums, etc. But the mountain of other cookies I want to get rid of them.

    Yes my preferences for cookies is same as yours, but over time the list has become top heavy.

    Thank you for your help with this.
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,600 points)
    And it's free!

    Don't forget about Flash cookies:

    From this website:

    For those who do not know about Flash cookies, more properly referred to as Local Shared Objects (LSO), they operate in a similar way to regular browser cookies but are stored outside the purview of your browser, meaning you cannot delete them from within your browser, whether Safari, Firefox, Opera or any other. Typically they are issued from sites or 3rd party sites that contain Adobe Flash content. Since virtually all internet advertising is delivered in Flash, Google/Doudleclick and all other internet advertising companies are sure to be tracking your browsing behavior with Flash cookies. These companies can see you traverse the Internet as you come upon the plethora of sites that contain their embedded advertising. Check out the Wikipedia entry here.

In Mac OS X they are stored in the following location:
/User’s Home Folder/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/#SharedObjects

The settings for the Flash cookies are stored in:
/User’s Home Folder/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/

In OS X Local Shared Objects, or Flash Cookies, are appended with a .sol suffix. Flush deletes all the Flash cookies (.sol) and their settings.

    Flush can be downloaded from that page.

    If you want to retain certain Flash cookies but not others, the excellent add-on for Safari called SafariCookies now includes a setting for automatically deleting flash cookies you don't want to retain, when Safari is shut down, in the same as it deals with ordinary cookies:

    which not only does that but much more equally useful stuff!

    This article covers the issue in more depth:

    Flash cookies are also known as 'Zombie Cookies' and are used by a number of firms, including Hulu, MTV, and Myspace. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at the internet security firm Sophos, told BBC News that the source of the trouble was Adobe Flash itself, which he called "one of the weirdest programs on the planet".

    "I think it's highly unlikely that these large companies have abused Flash cookies - which are different from browser cookies - with malicious intent," he said.

    "I think it's much more likely that the vast majority of users are simply oblivious to the bizarre way in which Adobe allows them to configure the software."

    And a more recent article: t=cse
  • Memoire Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks Klaus, I used Flush and got back 500 mb - unbelievable.

    Still Struggling with Safari Cookies, I installed the ap, but it is not letting me designate which cookies I want to keep. May have to delete and then start from scratch. Thanks for the help, pure magic.
  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,600 points)
    Did you restart Safari after installing it?
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