I damaged my cookies!

Need some computer help here …

Let me preface this by saying that I am not very computer savvy, a fact that will become entirely evident as this OP continues.

In an attempt to speed up my computer’s Internet performance, I regularly empty my cache. I also, on occasion, delete the accumulated cookies stored within.

I did a bad thing. Whilst deleting them recently, I took some off a text list within the folder that stores them.

Now, all of a sudden, a few of my favorite sites (like morning newspapers I read on-line) will not work. They say, “Your browser sent a message this server couldn’t understand.”

I then went back and read the not-so-fine print on that text document, where it says, “Do not alter!” Whoops.

So, is there anything I can do to get the two or three sites that no longer work operational again?

Give me immortality, or give me death!

You could delete your cookie file entirely. This will force you to reset all the preferences and info that those sites usually remember for you. But you’ll only have to do it once, and it’ll get rid of the “couldn’t understand” message.

On second thought, just rename the cookie file first, so that you can name it back if something even more disasterous happens.

The other possibility is that your bookmarks are pointing too deep into their website. On some sites, cookie creation might only take place on the first page. If you are bypassing that page and no longer have your original cookie, that might cause problems.

If Nerd’s suggestion doesn’t work, check your URL and see if it’s something like:

If so, try just http://www.cnn.com/

Actually, regularly emptying your cache will significantly slow down your internet performance. The purpose of the cache is to store graphics and pages so you don’t have to pull the data off of the internet every time. Your computer will say, “hey I already have that picture” and will pop it up in a split second. (just like when you hit the back button) The only way the cache could slow down your performance is if it fills your hard drive to the point where you don’t have enough space to properly use virtual RAM. Just limit your cache size to 1% of the drive size and you will be fine. View --> Internet Options --> Settings button in the middle on IE, I don’t know about Netscrape.

Is it just me, or did anyone else think this subject had to do with something else? :smiley: