just brew it! wrote:And please don't spread the myth that cookies can cause your computer to malfunction. Yes, they are a potential privacy issue, in the sense of ad networks and affiliated sites being able to track your movements around the web. But they don't leak data you haven't already made publicly available in some way, can't contain malicious code, and can't "infect" your system.
First off, I never made that claim.
Yeah, I guess you didn't say it point blank. But suggesting that the OP wipe cookies as part of the solution to (apparent) hardware problems with a data drive (OP said "Absence of the drive allows normal boots") implies that you believe cookies are causing the drive to malfunction.
DPete27 wrote:However, "tracking your movements around the web" will have a negative impact on percepted speed of the system while using the web. I feel that pr0n sites are a cesspool for tracking cookies and intrusions. If that's what this person is doing (thousands of web images??) a cookie sweep can't hurt.
You apparently misunderstand how cookies work. A cookie can only be retrieved by the domain that placed it in the first place (either the site you are visiting, or one of their banner ad providers), so for normal web browsing, having lots of cookies on the system from sites you seldom (or never) visit any more doesn't consume anything other than disk space. And since we seem to be talking about a data drive here, the cookies probably aren't even on the drive that is experiencing the problem (they are stored on the system drive by default).
For sites you do
visit on a regular basis, any cookies specific to that site (or their ad affiliates) will be downloaded again the next time you visit the site (unless you disable cookies completely). So again, negligible impact on performance from wiping existing cookies.