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CookieChipper User Guide

  1. Installation
  2. MSIE Registration
  3. Starting CookieChipper
  4. Recommended IE Delete Options
  5. Main Window
  6. Searching
  7. Cleaning Cookies
  8. Deleting Cookies
  9. Rogues and Phantoms
  10. Cache Properties

Installation

CookieChipper is distributed as a basic Zip file that can be used for direct directory deployment. Just download the latest version and extract the Zip into a folder of your choosing.

MSIE Registration

For ease of access, CookieChipper can be registered as an IE Tools plug-in; it will show up on the IE Tools menu or from the Tools command toolbar button.

CookieChipper will register itself from the location of the executable - the directory into which you extracted the Zip file and are currently running.

To register, open the File menu and choose the Register item. Once registered, you never need to register it again.

FileRegister.png

Recommended IE Delete Options

In order to properly preserve your locked cookies, you need to use the correct options when deleting history information using the IE Delete History dialog. See the highlighted options in the picture of the dialog below.

The first highlighted option, Preserve Favorites Web site data, is optional. IE does a good job of retaining cookies and other files related to sites in your Favorites menu.

The second highlighted option, Cookies, is important. Uncheck this option. When you delete your history, all cookies will be preserved. You can then use CookieChipper to delete cookies, retaining your locked cookies.

DeleteOptions.png

Starting CookieChipper

Of course, you can run CookieChipper directly from the directory into which it was deployed. But it's easier to first register it as an IE plug-in, making it available on the Tools menu. This tools menu is also available from the command toolbar as shown here:

ToolsStart.png

Main Window

The main window is divided into two simple tables. The top table shows the list of cookies currently stored on the system for the current user account. The bottom table shows the contents and values stored in a selected cookie.

Cookies Table
  • OK.png - unmanaged cookie
  • protected.png - locked/protected cookie, will not be deleted during Clean
  • favorite.png - same domain as a URL found in your Favorites
  • expiring.png - cookie is expired or about to expire

Values Table

As you select an individual cookie, the lower pane is updated to reflect the values stored in that cookie. The first value in the text is presumed to be the primary value of the cookie and is marked with an arrow icon.
  • primary.png - primary value of cookie (first value in text file)
  • expiring.png - value is expired or about to expire

Why is the value encrypted and why can't CookieChipper decrypt it? Security. That's a basic part of a well-designed cookie. The encryption technique varies from site to site and is implemented by the site's development team. So there's no way for CookieChipper to know which scheme (which may be custom) was used to encrypt a particular value.

Searching

Press Ctrl-F to open the search dialog. Enter a domain or part of a domain string and click either the Prev or the Next button. Pressing Enter will default to Next.

Cleaning Cookies

Click the broom icon on the Toolbar to start the cleaning process. You'll be prompted to confirm the action. Once confirmed, CookieChipper will delete all unprotected cookies, leaving only your designated preferred cookies.

Deleting Cookies

Any cookie can be deleted. Multiple cookies can be selected and deleted together. This includes even locked cookies. So be careful when deleting cookies to ensure you have the correct ones selected.

Once you're happy with the selection, just press the Delete toolbar button or the Delete/Backspace key on your keyboard, or the Edit/Delete menu item.

Rogues and Phantoms

Since MSIE uses the index.dat database to reference external cookie text files, it is possible for these two to get out of sync, albeit through manual intervention. The index could reference a file that does not exists - a phantom, or a file could exist that is not referenced by the index - a rogue.

Possible future feature: CookieChipper will report phantoms and rogues in the UI and eliminate them during a Clean operation.

Cache Properties

Pressing the Properties toolbat button presents the Cache Properties window. These properties are read directly from the header of the index.dat file.

Press the Esc key to close this window.

CacheProperties.png

Copyright (c) 2003-2013 Steven M. Cohn. All rights reserved.

Last edited Dec 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM by stevenmcohn, version 21

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