Scotty the Windows Watch Dog loves cookies but he knows some people don't. Cookies are small chunks of data that web sites store on your computer to allow those web sites to recognize you when you return. Cookies can be useful, especially when visiting web sites where you have registered for special services -- a web-based email site or a discussion forum, for example. Cookies can also be used by advertisers and marketers, however, to track your movements across the Web for the purposes of targeted advertising and marketing, potentially compromising your privacy.
It is difficult to disable cookie support completely in your browser because so many useful web sites depend on them. One solution is to keep only the cookies that you find useful and remove the ones you don't. WinPatrol will show you what cookies are being stored by your web browser and allow you to review their contents. This allows you to see where those cookies came from and what data is being stored about you. Scotty will happily eat the cookies you don't want and remove them from your computer.
WinPatrol provides a number of features to help you manage the cookies stored by your web browser, whether it be Internet Explorer or any of the Mozilla browsers (Mozilla, Netscape, or Firefox).
If you would like the list of currently stored cookies to open automatically every time you click the Cookies tab, check the "Always View Cookies" box. The current cookies box is a resizable window and will remember its last position when you close it.
Cookie Filter List
To add cookies to the filter list, enter any part of a cookie name in the appropriate text space to the right of the list and then click "Add." For instance, if you add the name "click" to the list, Scotty will automatically eat all "Doubleclick" or "Ad-click" cookies because both contain the text "click." Some initial cookie names have been included as examples of text found in common advertising and marketing cookies.
Scotty is smart when it comes to eating cookies from Mozilla based browsers. When Mozilla browsers are closed they will overwrite any changes that are made to the Mozilla cookies file while the browser is running. Thus, Scotty will wait until the browser is closed before making changes to the Mozilla cookies file. As soon as Scotty detects that you have closed the browser and requested a cookie update, he will make the appropriate changes to the cookie file.