i go to finder, press alt, and go to library, then i scroll down and click safari>localstorage. i am trying to delete the cookies from it and everytime i place it in the trash it says "The operation can’t be completed because the item is in use". some please help
This is the problem I was aluding to... it's not easy to get rid of them, and almost impossible to preven them from returning.... unless, you remove all traces of Flash and Java from your system (burn a few candles, sacrifice a few small animals, and, most especially -- STOP visiting "those sites!"
It takes EXTREME measures to delete everything and will require you to "reconfigure" many things!
This is one article on the problem... "evercookies" ... http://samy.pl/evercookie/ as you can read in that article there are "a lot" of locations where the cookie is hidden to allow it to be "resurrected" on demand.
W A R N I N G -- all of the links on that page have been hijacked. You cannot follow them.You are redirected to twitter.
These links are visible if you view the source via the developer drop-down in safari.
- Standard <A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie">HTTP Cookies</a>
- <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_Shared_Object">Local Shared Objects</a> (Flash Cookies)
- Silverlight <a href="http://www.silverlight.net/learn/quickstarts/isolatedstorage/">Isolated Storage</a>
- Storing cookies in RGB values of auto-generated, force-cached
PNGs using HTML5 Canvas tag to read pixels (cookies) back out
- Storing cookies in <a href="http://samy.pl/csshack/">Web History</a>
- Storing cookies in HTTP <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_ETag">ETags</a>
- Storing cookies in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_cache">Web cache</a>
- <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie#window.name">window.name</a> caching
- Internet Explorer <a href="http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms531424(VS.85).aspx">userData</a> storage
- HTML5 <a href="http://dev.w3.org/html5/webstorage/#the-sessionstorage-attribute">Session Storage</a>
- HTML5 <a href="http://dev.w3.org/html5/webstorage/#dom-localstorage">Local Storage</a>
- HTML5 <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en/dom/storage#globalStorage">Global Storage</a>
- HTML5 <a href="http://dev.w3.org/html5/webdatabase/">Database Storage</a> via SQLite
You can clear Flash cookies via the Flash Plugin on System Preferences. -- the advanced tab: Browsing and data settings.
In Safari, RESET the browser... selecting all options; quit Safari, reboot.
Close all applications.
Delete these folders one at a time, REBOOTING, then delete the trash.
Then check to see if your cookies are gone.
Delete the folders: ~/Library/Caches
By this time, you should have successfully gotten rid of any cookie problem you might have... but not guaranteed.
~/Library/Saved Application State
Again, these are exterem actions, they WILL impact such things as Facebook, Twitter, Google and any number of Gaming situations -- especially anything using Flash (Like all Zynga's games); other sites which also store "helpful" information cookies, like banking and shopping sites -- Amazon, eBay, etc.