Of all the things that you are vulnerable to on the Internet these days, cookies would have to rank at the bottom of the list. They generally are not harmful and in most cases are actually helpful in websites that you visit frequently. They have the ability to let you customize the look of a website and "remember" your settings each time you visit. IMHO the best setting for IE in Tools / Internet Options on the privacy tab is to choose "Custom" settings. Over ride IE's cookie handling and set it to accept 1st party cookies and block 3rd party cookies. Third party cookies are where you will get most of the tracking cookies that are detected by spybot/ad-aware scans. My favorite free software for controlling cookies is called Cookie Wall by Analog X. You can get it here: http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/cookie.htm I just let it run on startup and occasionally open it up and look at the cookies it gathers. If they are sites I visit regularly I move them to the right side and keep them. If they are obvious advertising type of cookies I move them to the left to block them. I simply delete all others occasionally. I like it because it allows me to purge my system of most cookies without having to delete the ones I know I want. Spider http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/spiderweb1.htm -----Original Message----- From: 24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:24hoursupport-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of yyixi001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2004 8:44 PM To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [24hoursupport] cookies Everytime I use IE and surf, I end up with cookies with my first initial and last name on them. I want to anonymize this. Where do I find this entry in my pc and change it to a meaningless ID? I am running Windows 98. For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.