When we browse the web, we store a good amount of cookies to help us in navigating through sites. But while we see these so-called cookies are harmless, malware and viruses love the idea of using them as disguises as far as creating mischief later on once detected.
How are they detected? Normally if they are not cleaned or scanned properly by anti-virus software or spyware removers, they will quietly reside on your hard drive. Once they are detected, that is the only time you will gain notice of how harmful they can be, spreading like crazy and enabling a lot of browser popups warning you that you have malware infections on your computer.
So what is the best thing to do? For one, empty your cookies folder regularly. People do a lot of browsing but normally it is the URL that you only need to remember. You can always bookmark them if they are hard to remember but as far as the history and cookies folder is concerned, try to clean them out.
Also, when you are storing some temporary files, try to assign the least amount necessary. In the old Internet browsers, you could set it as low as 1MB. But now it has grown bigger, 8 MB to be exact. While that may seem small compared to the total gigabye storage your hard drive can take, a lot of spyware or small files can pose problems if you are not careful.
Just empty the history and cookies folder as often as you can. Don’t let the Spyware and Malware files ruin your computer and you day.