In today’s blog post we are going to look at how to delete and permanently remove those browser cookies from three different web browsers

  1. Google Chrome
  2. Microsoft Internet Explorer
  3. Mozilla Firefox

Before we remove any browser cookies, let’s go ahead and cover some basics. Cookies also known as an “http cookie” or a “browser cookie” are small text files that are stored locally on your PC or computer. These are placed by different websites that you may have visited or sites that you may have logged into with a username and password combination. So why use cookies in the first place? Well they really are helpful in tracking visitors and also validating them if they are a returning visitor. The websites are trying to get an understanding of what you do when you are on their site and if you are going to come back.

So why are cookies bad? Well the conventional wisdom is that as websites are collecting more and more information about your browsing activity, they may use that at some point in any manner that may not be acceptable to you! Generally it is a good idea to periodically get rid off or delete cookies; this can also help speed up your browsing speed. Having said that, let’s go ahead and look at how we can delete these little tiny files

 

Remove cookies from Google Chrome – Version 26

Before we do anything, let us show you where Google Chrome stores its cookies file. They are going to be in this folder or something similar to it:

C:\Users\baghul\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

We have included a computer screenshot below of our file for your convenience. As you can see cookies.txt lists some of the visited websites and some gibberish type info.

 

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google-chrome-cookies-file

 

So now you ready to delete some cookies and not eat them?? Go to Chrome Menu button (it looks like a bunch of lines on the top right corner). Next on the fly-out click on Settings:

Chrome Button > Settings

Go to History option on the left side. This is going to list all the websites and blogs you have frequented recently. We have included a monitor screen capture right below.

google-chrome-clear-browsing-history

google-chrome-clear-browsing-history

 

Go ahead and make my day! Click on “Clear Browsing History” towards the top of the page. This will bring up a new dialog box and we have included it in the next image right below.

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delete-cookies-google-chrome

 

Make sure Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data option is checked. And then zap all the coolies by selecting Clear browsing data.

 

Delete cookies from Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 10

Next we are going to move on to IE Version 10 and see how we can delete http cookie. From the file menu, choose Tools. If you do not see the menu bar, you can try the keyword combination Alt + T

Tools > Internet Options

Interestingly you can get to this same place via Control Panel also, who would’ve thunk that?

Control Panel > Internet Options

Next go ahead and browse to the General tab. We have included a computer monitor screen short capture right below for your convenience.

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delete-cookies-internet-explorer

 

In the middle section, you will see Browsing History. Next you want to Click Delete. This will bring up yet another dialog box. Make sure Cookies and website data is checked. It’s up to you but I would recommend selecting Temporary Internet Files option as well.

Here is a computer monitor image shown right below.

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delete-temp-internet-files-ie

 

Click Delete to get rid of all the cookies on Internet Explorer.

 

Get rid of cookies from Mozilla Firefox 20.0.1

The third browser we are going to look at is Mozilla Firefox. On the menu bar, click on Tools or do the shortcut Alt + T. Next do the following:

Tools > Options

Click on Privacy tab on the top

Next you have two options.

You can Clear Recent History. If you picked this option, you will see the following dialog box. Pick the time range to clear, we picked Last Hour. Expand the Details options and make sure Cookies is selected. We have included a screen short right below for your ease.

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mozilla-firefox-clear-recent-history

 

Click Clear Now

The next option is to Remove Individual cookies. If you clicked Remove cookies choice, you will get this screen shot

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delete-cookies-mozilla-firefox

 

You can choose to delete specific cookies or Remove All Cookies. For us we picked remove all cookies option. Then click Close and then click Ok on the main screen.

Related articles on removing cookies:

http://www.ehow.com/how_6756099_remove-browser-cookies.html

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835

http://www.pcworld.com/article/242939/how_to_delete_cookies.html

 

 

 

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Deactivate Facebook: How to delete Facebook account?

On January 28, 2013, in Facebook, by deletefromblog

When you started using Facebook, it was new, fun and exciting! But now you have way too many people in your circle of friends. You don’t even know half of them, much less remember their names. Or may one of those online creeps is hounding you in the virtual world. Nevertheless it’s time to give it up and start fresh. But before you can do that, you would like to go ahead and delete your existing Facebook profile. How do you do that?  How do you permanently delete your Facebook profile account?

We are going to show you two different ways you can do just that?

Before we demonstrate that, please do realize and after you remove Facebook profile, there may be some aftershocks. What does that mean? If you were using Face book profile to login to external third party sites, after you get rid of your FB account, those sites will not function.  So make sure you log into those sites and possibly use another e-mail or switch profile.
Back to the process of removing your Facebook profile from the universe, here are the three different methods:

Deactivate Facebook – Method 1

 

First thing you need to do is to log into your Facebook account. After you do that, you can go to the following web page.

https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account

You may have to enter your password if you get the following the next screen capture.

 

deactivate-facebook-account1.jpg

 

After you enter your password, it should take you to this page. Here is what it looks like on our computer screen.

 

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Click on Delete My Account.

You will get the final dialog box.

 

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After you enter the captcha and FB password, hit Okay. You are done and will get the message on next window.

Your account has been deactivated from the site and will be permanently deleted within 14 days. If you log into your account within the next 14 days, you will have the option to cancel your request.

 

Deactivate Facebook – Method 2

 

It is certainly possible that Facebook may decide to move the delete account link mentioned above.  In that case we have another option for you. Login to Facebook, then click on the Help button in the bottom right corner of the screen.

We have included a screenshot of this right below.

 

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After you click on that, the Facebook Help window pops up, go ahead and type the following:
“delete my account”.

We have included a figure of this right below.

 

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From the list of items, go ahead and select.  Select “How do I permanently that light delete my account.” This will take to you another listing in the help section. We are almost there.

At this point you have two options:

  1. One is to deactivate your account. This will keep all of your Facebook information alive, just simply make your profile private. This way after the mourning period is over, you can always come back and reactivate your Facebook profile.
  2. The other option is to permanently remove Facebook account.  I would choose this option if you have had it with Facebook and if FB is keeping you up at night. You need to click on the link highlighted in black.

This is presented in the screen capture below.

 

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Next it will go through a set of screens and messages that we have already looked at above. The one where it reads “Please enter your password to continue”.  Finally when you’re done with the process you will get the following confirmation.You will also get a similar message in your email.

Your account has been deactivated from the site and will be permanently deleted within 14 days. If you log into your account within the next 14 days, you will have the option to cancel your request.

Related information on deleting Facebook page.

 

How to delete windows files from your PC

On November 20, 2012, in Files, Windows, by deletefromblog

In today’s blog post, we are going to show you how to as delete a particular type of file from a specific folder in Microsoft Windows. For today’s topic, we are using Windows 7 Home Premium edition. The GUI for your computer screen may look different depending on your operating system. Using this information, you should be able to delete any type of file from your computer.

Let’s go ahead and get started. For today’s exercise we are interested in removing .bmp (bitmap) files from the Pictures folder. These files tend to be fairly big in size and are taking up more than their fair share on my lil machine with limited resources, yes I am still running Pentium PII. So let’s go ahead and nuke them!! There are several ways by which you can delete files on a Windows PC. We’re going to show you one of the simplest ways to do that. Go ahead and do the following:

Step 1: Find the Files to be deleted

Click Start button and then Computer. This should load up a screen similar to the one shown below.

how-to-delete-windows-files1

 

Since we mentioned, we are only interested in deleting the .bmp files from the Pictures folder. In your case you may have different needs. From the left pane, select Pictures folder (shown in Red). Next in the top right box (Search..), go ahead and type *.bmp. What this means is that you do not care what the file name starts with but it needs to end with .bmp. A screen capture of this is shown right below.

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Step 2: Remove the actual Files

As you can see that we have 60 files in our Picture folders. Let’s go ahead and delete some of them, at least the ones from 2011. I’m going to go ahead and select 8 of these files. If you want to select multiple files to be deleted, you can left click on the file, hold down the Ctrl key and then left click another file. If the deleted files happen to be together in the correct order, you can even left click, hold the Shift key and then use the down arrow to select multiple files. This is how we selected our files.

Now we are ready to delete the files in windows. You have two choices on removing files from your PC.

  1. You can simply press the Del (delete) key, which should take them out
  2. You can right click on the mouse and then choose Delete from the menu. We have chosen to go forward with this method. Here is a graphical representation of this.

delete-files-microsoft-windows3

 

Next you will get a dialog box asking you if you would like to move items to Recycle Bin. Think of a Recycle Bin as a junkyard in the computer world. Also this is a fail-safe, in case you delete the wrong files and need to recover them in a jiffy. We will go ahead and click Yes.

delete-windows-files-4

 

Step 3: Verify the Files to be deleted

At this point we have deleted the files. We can verify this by looking at the number of remaining files in our folder. You can see from the following screen capture that we only have 52 files left in our Pictures folder.

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This concludes a quick demo on how to deter the files from your computer. If you want to read more about different file types on your computer, please visit this site:

http://tips4pc.com/articles/computer%20basics/what_are_file_extensions.htm

 

 

 

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How to delete history from your Web browser?

On September 29, 2012, in Internet, by deletefromblog

A valid question is why you would want to delete history of the web pages that you have visited from your browser.  You may have your own personal reasons, however I can think of a few on top of my head. Here we go:

  • You may be at work and it happens to be a super SLOW day. So you decide to do what any dedicated worker would do, surf the net on the company’s dime.  IMHO there is nothing wrong with this however if the IT boys (or girls) are watching you there may be a problem. This may be a good reason to clear your footprints on the browser.
  • Another reason could be that you have a tendency to browse the web a lot.  As such all the cached pages and cookies are taking up quite a bit a space on your hard drive. As such you may need to delete the history from the browser. This BTW will also speed up your computer.

So today we are going to show you how to delete web history from two browsers:

Mozilla Firefox

For today’s demo, we are focusing on Firefox version 15.0. Here are a few ways to clear the history from your Firefox web browser.

  1. Go ahead and click on Ctrl + Shift + Delete to open up the Clear All History dialog box.  Under Time Range to clear drop down, you can select how far back in time do you want to go. Expand the Details button to select which items to delete from. We are going to select all and then click on Clear Now. This may take a few minutes depending on how many files and data it has to go through, but will certainly take care of business.
  2. Another way to do the same thing is to click on the File Menu go to Tools and then select Clear Recent History. When you do this, it should bring up the same dialog box as before. If you do not see the File Menu, you can invoke it by pressing Alt + F.
  3. Finally if you wanted to get super technical on me and go all out Geeky on me, you can certainly follow your own path of freedom by doing the following: Click on Tools Menu > Options > Privacy and then choose to Clear your recent history in the middle of the page.  Next you can click on OK and this will take care of business.

Here is what the dialog box looks like in Firefox.

 

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delete-web-history-firefox1

Micros0ft Internet Explorer

Let’s move onto Internet Explorer, shall we?  In Internet explorer you can delete your browsing history in a similar manner as we saw before. For our post,  we are using Internet Explorer version 9.0.  Go ahead and do one of the following to make it happen.

 

  1. You can click on Ctrl + Shift + Delete to open up the Delete Browsing History dialog box
  2. From the File menu select Tools – Delete browsing history. A new dialog box pops open.  Here you can select the different items to delete and then click on Delete.
  3. If he wanted to play Geeky again, this time on Internet explorer, you need to do the following: Tools > Internet options > Delete under the general Tab. You select the items that you want to get rid of on your browser’s history and then select delete.

Here is what the Internet options look like in Internet Explorer.

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delete-browsing-history-internet-explorer2

This ends our lesson on how to delete history from your Web browser.

 

When working with databases like Oracle, DB2 and SQL Server, you will at times need to remove data from a table. Using SQL or Structured Query Language, you can do just that with the DELETE FROM sql statement. This an easy yet powerful SQL statement so you will want to handle it with care.

Syntax of Delete From SQL Command

Here is the basic syntax for DELETE FROM SQL command.

DELETE FROM table name| view name [WHERE] condition:

Where:

Table name: This is the table you are trying to remove data from

View name: This is the view you are trying to remove data from

[WHERE]: Optional parameter which will limit the number of records that are deleted. Please note that if you do not use this clause, ALL the rows in the SQL table will be deleted!

Examples of Delete From SQL Command

For today’s discussion, let us go ahead and look at Northwind sample database. We will use SQL Server 2008 to demonstrate SQL Delete command. If you are new to SQL Server, we suggest an excellent site on SQL Tutorials. We will use New_Customers table with information like Customer ID, Contact information and Customer address data. In order to first pull data from our table, we can use a simple SELECT statement as follows:

SELECT *

  FROM New_Customers

WHERE Country=’UK’

BTW all the SQL Statements are included for download under Related Links.

This will display only those customers that reside in United Kingdom. In SQL Server, you can use Management Studio to execute SQL statements. After you type it in the query window, you can click on the Execute button (Red Exclamation Point). We have included a screen shot of what DELETE FROM statement looks like on our SQL Server:

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How do I delete specific records in a table?

Looking at our data, let’s say we wanted to delete the one customer in City of Cowes, they no longer do business with us. How would we do that? We can write the Delete SQL query as follows:

DELETE
  FROM New_Customers
WHERE City=’Cowes’.

Notice we placed the City name is single quotes as this text data. When we executed this in SQL server 2008 Management Studio, we got the following confirmation (lower pane):

delete-from-sql-statement2

 

Next we would like to check if the record was indeed deleted. We execute the original SELECT SQL statement again. When we did that, we actually saw 6 records instead of 7 that we had originally seen.

Here is what it looks like on our computer monitor:

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How about we take this a step further and see if we can remove data rows in a table using multiple fields. What about getting rid of all the customers that have a Contact Title of Sales Representative and are in City of London and Country of UK.

Here’s what the DELETE SQL command for this looks like:

DELETE

  FROM New_Customers

WHERE

ContactTitle=’Sales Representative’

and City=’London’

and Country=’UK

When we executed this in SQL Server Management Studio, we got the following result set:

delete-from-sql-server4

 

As a last check, we run the following SQL SELECT statement to see what else is left from our Customers in UK. We run the following statement:

SELECT *
  FROM New_Customers
WHERE Country=’UK’

As you can see below, we only have 3 customers left which is what we expected.

delete-from-sql-table5

 

This concludes the lesson on Delete From SQL Statement

 

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