The Simple view gets you up and running as fast as possible, but only has minimal options. You set it up as follows:
Cookie will scan and remove all data not related to your browser bookmarks (in all enabled browsers) according to your settings. A handy Clean Now (trash can icon) button is included to instantly remove all selected data. 2Global Pause/Enable Cookie buttons are also included.
1. The timer icon will be colored when your settings include removal while your browser is running. I generally don't recommend this, as it can cause issues on some websites.
2. The Pause/Enable buttons are useful for quickly disabling/enabling Cookie, without having to manually change any settings. When Cookie is disabled, the menuBar icon will be a dull gray color.
Along the left side of the window you will see a vertical list of all compatible browsers.
Click on any browser to toggle it between enabled and disabled. All enabled browsers will be managed according to your settings.
All removal settings are determined by the Privacy level slider. The closer to the right the slider is, the more aggressive your privacy settings will be.
The Advanced view can seem daunting at first look, but it's really quite easy once you get the hang of it. You can completely customize how your cookies are managed. Custom removal schedules and selective removal of data is easy to configure once you understand how Cookie works. First lets look at how the Interface is layed out.
The first thing you will likely notice is the Play and Pause buttons at the top of the window. These are handy global Enable and Disable buttons, used to quickly enable or disable ALL Cookie automatic removals. (which are configured on the Removal Options tab. These options are also included as menu options in Cookie's menubar.
Directly below the Enable/Pause button is a status bar. You will find useful information on the current state of your browser cookies there.
Then to the left is the sidebar with all your installed browsers. Enabled browsers are displayed under the Browser heading, and Disabled browsers under the Disabled heading.
Now, below the status bar is where you configure Cookie on the various tabs.
To the right of the tabs, you will find some useful buttons. First up is the View button, which enables you to quickly change to the Simple View. You most likely won't use this - but is a quick way to switch to the Simple view if you find the Advanced view too overwhelming. Next to the View button,is a button to quickly access Preferences.
Now you know your way around Cookie, you need to customize how it runs, it's easy, and is done like so:
On the Websites tab, you will see a list of all websites which store cookies in all of your enabled browsers grouped together. You can filter the list by browser using the browser sidebar. You can further filter cookies by type, using the Show: button dropdown. The search bar allows to to filter by name
For each domain name in the list you will see a number in brackets - this indicates how many cookies are related to that website. If you see a Red colored number in brackets - this indicates how many of the cookies are tracking cookies. A Blue color indicates whitelisted cookies, and a Green color indicates Browser Extensions. To view individual cookies, click the small triangle icon to expand the website. Once expanded you can see exactly what types of cookie and any attributes they may have that are stored in the website. You will also see a number of icons to the left of the window:
Below the domains, you will find some manual removal buttons, and some handy shortcut buttons.
3. If a dash is displayed instead of a check mark - this indicates that not all cookies under the website are favorites! This is most commonly seen when ALL is selected in the browser sidebar. For example you may have the website cookierocks.com marked as a favorite in Safari, but not in Firefox.
Your 4CHECKED websites will never be removed automatically by Cookie. You can remove them manually only by using the Websites tab. You can also only manually select a favorite if you already have a cookie on your computer from previously visiting the website.button on the
4. If favorite is displayed without the triangle indicator, and is a dull gray color - this indicates that the cookie is a favorite, but is NOT currently stored in the browser.
These are cookies which have been identified as one's which may track your browsing habits. They are conveniently RED colored for easy identification. You can completely customize how Cookie identifies tracking cookies in the Tracking Cookie Editor. This is accessed by way of contextual menu, or by clicking the shortcut icon.
You very rarely want to remove browser extensions as they are needed by any extension's you may have installed. Any adblockers or password managers etc... that you use in your browser would see unexpected results if you happened to remove any corresponding cookies.
You very rarely need to whitelist a cookie, but it is a useful feature. In some cases Cookie gets it wrong, and flags a cookie as a Tracking cookie. This can cause sometimes login issues for you, but is easily fixed by whitelisting any offending tracking cookies. You add individual cookies to the whitelist via the contextual menu. Alternatively you can by manually editing definitions in the Tracking Cookie Editor.
The shortcut icons are the group of icons at the bottom right of the Websites tab. Clicking on any of the icons will reveal handy shortcuts.
The Unwanted Data tab is where you tell Cookie what it can remove. Cookie can not remove anything unless you allow it first. You can select Unwanted data and apply it globally to all your enabled browsers, or if you prefer for each individual browser.
If a dash is displayed instead of a check mark for any settings - this indicates that not all browsers have this particular setting checked. This can occur, when you choose to configure browsers individually, rather than globally.
Tracking Cookies - these are any cookies which Cookie determines as a cookie which tracks you.
Non-Favorites - any cookies which are UNCHECKED as favorites on the Websites tab.
Cache - the cache stores files used by sites you visit to help speed up browsing if you re-visit the site again at a later date. Images, style sheets and video files are a few things storeed in the cache.
History - your browser history.
Favicons - the small icons which display in your browser next to the website address in the url bar, and sometimes also on any browser tabs.
Webpage previews - these are snapshots which browsers periodically take of webpages you visit. Safari uses these in Tab expose.
Form values - any text you fill out on a webpage is stored as a form value.
Downloads - everything you've chosen to download to your computer from your browser. For example; app updates, torrent files, movies etc.
Website preferences - any website specific options. For example; autoplay settings, page zoom, microphone and camera access.
Other search engines - some browsers save custom search engines (if available) for each site you visit.
While tracking cookies, and non-favorites are removed per website, all other data types are not... For example you can not only remove history and cache for a particular website and not others. It is all websites, or no websites. This is true for cache, history, favicons, webpage previews, form values, downloads, website preferences and Other search engines.
This tab is where you tell Cookie when you want the data you previously selected removed. Once again, all these options can be configured globally or on a per browser basis.
On Quit - Cookie will remove your unwanted data from ALL browsers when you Quit Cookie.
On Browser Quit - browser data will be removed whenever you quit one of your enabled browsers. For example, if Unwanted data has been selected for Firefox, and Firefox is Quit, Firefox data only will be removed.
Every x minutes while Browser is Open - I don't generally recommend using ths option as it can cause issues on some websites. But some people may find it useful. Timers when set, will only run while an enabled browser is open and will run independent to all other browser timers even if multiple browsers have timers set. Timers are also configured independently to regular removal options.
When computer wakes from Sleep - Cookie will remove your unwanted data from ALL browsers when you wake your computer.
At Login - As above, Cookie will remove your unwanted data from ALL browsers at Login (as long as you have configured Cookie to open at Login in Preferences).
Thebuttons are important buttons. You can use them to quickly disable/enable ALL running timers and removal schedules
Timer unwanted data is configured separately to regular unwanted data, and this is the tab you do that on. To correctly set a timer, you need to:
Timers can be configured globally across ALL browsers, or per browser.
Most users will never need to use this feature of Cookie, but it does has it's uses. Upon opening, you will see 2 tabs:
The Tracking cookies tab holds stores all of Cookie's tracking cookie definitions. You can edit this as you please, if you find Cookie's list inadequate. Export/Import and restoration of defaults is possible from this tab.
On the Whitelist tab you will find any custom whitelist definitions you may have created. You can manually add or remove as required.
Display Notifications - Notifications are posted via macOS notification center whenever:
Sync favorites, settings and preferences - handy for setting up multiple installs of Cookie across your various computers..
Reset All Warnings - removal warnings will again be shown before any data removal.
Global hotkeys are special key combinations you can use from within any application to run special Cookie actions. For example you may be browsing in Safari, and be interested in quickly favoriting a new site. You could press your Show Cookie hotkey to bring up the Cookie window and check the site as a favorite. There are 3 available global hotkeys you can configure for some of Cookie's most useful actions:
Show Cookie - quickly show Cookie's main window.
Enable/Pause Cookie - quickly toggle Cookie - useful if you want to quickly disable any running timers to favorite a new site.
Remove All Unwanted Data - quickly remove data from all enabled browsers.
Show Cookie in Menubar - an icon will be added to the right side of your system menubar (the system menubar is the bar running across the top of your screen). In this menu you can easily access all of Cookie's useful actions.
and Hide Dock Icon - this will remove the icon from the macOS Dock. It also disables the regular Cookie menu's (the menu's next to the Apple icon at the top left of your screen.)
Choose an icon to show in the menubar
5Open Cookie at Login - set Cookie to open when you restart your computer
and Hide - this will prevent Cookie's main window from opening at login
5. Make sure you don't add Cookie to Login Items in System Preferences, as it conflicts with Cookie's startup mechanism. A known issue is that Cookie's window may show at login even if you have chosen to hide it.
Please be cautious when changing any settings on the Advanced tab.
Use Advanced View - you can easily switch between the Simple View and the Advanced View.
Open Setup Window - open the setup window to run through setup again.
Never remove Browser Extensions - this option is checked as default. When unselected, any 6browser extensions you have will need to be manually favorited.
Synchronize with Browser Bookmarks - with this option 7checked, any favorites you currently have will be overwritten by your browser bookmarks. This can be a handy option for those that don't want to manually manage favorites. Your favorites will also be kept up to date with any changes you may make to your bookmarks within the browser. Favorites will be applied individually to browsers, so for example, any bookmarks you have in Safari will not be carried over to Firefox and vice versa.
6. Browser Extensions are generally required by any extensions you may have installed, and should not really be removed - except perhaps after uninstalling an unwanted extension. Luckily Cookie retains them by default, whether they are marked as favorites or not. Often, stubborn to remove cookies are in fact browser extensions. You can easily identify them as they will have an indicator showing in the puzzle column.
7. Synchronizing with Browser Bookmarks, while potentially a good option when you have few bookmarks - may not be the best option if you have many bookmarks. You may be better off manually selecting just a few favorites in Cookie.
Run Cookie in the background - this is an advanced feature only really for power users. When checked Cookie will run with 8no Dock icon, and no system menuBar.
8. The only way you can access Cookie's window will be by double clicking the app icon (usually in the Applications folder) or by global hotkey. Likewise, the only way to access preferences will be by the system global Preferences hotkey of once you have Cookie's window open.
Remove All Sandbox Permissions - after clicking this Cookie will lose all permission to access any data on your computer. You will be prompted for permission the next time Cookie needs 9access.
9. Under rare conditions, Cookie's permissions can become corrupted - you will know this is happening, because you will be continually asked for permission to access certain folders. Resetting Permissions should fix this error.
Learn More... - clicking this will open an info page in you browser, with instructions to on how activate 10Safari.
10. Safari has been disabled in the Mac App Store version of Cookie, but can easily be activate by following the instructions here. This button is not necessary in the Trial version of Cookie
Safari had to be disabled from a default installation of Cookie (Mac App store version only) to pass through review for the Mac App Store. There is now an extra step required to get Safari showing in Cookie. You will need to download and install the helper scripts from the following link:
MacOS Mojave introduced new security policies, which now require that Cookie has Full Disk Access before it can view, and remove any Safari data. What you need to do is this:
Alternatively, click this link to open System Preferences: com.sweetpproductions.cookieapp://openSysPrefs
There are 2 possibilities here, Cookie could be disabled, or your browser removal settings may not be configured correctly.
1. If Cookie is disabled, your system menuBar icon will be a dull gray color, and the Pause Button will be activated (in Cookie's main window). Simply re-enable Cookie through:
2. If Cookie is enabled, open the Unwanted Data tab and check:
The most likely cause of this will be due to not installing the required cookie removal scripts. This only occurs on the Mac App Store version of Cookie, as the trial version will prompt to install the scripts automatically. The Mac App Store has a very strict sand boxing policy which doesn't allow for automatic installation. You can download the scripts from the link below:
Not all cookies are created equal, and many cookies stored in your browser will in fact be what is known as session cookies. Cookie doesn't see these, and can't delete them. However, they are all removed when you restart your browser - hence the name session cookies, ie. they are only valid for the current browsing session. Cache cookies are similar, although they are removed when you remove cache via Cookie - they will still show in your browser as being present until a restart of the browser. The final discrepancy you may encounter may be localStorage cookies. Cookie can and does see all these cookies, and can also remove them - however they may still appear in your browser until after a browser restart
It is recommended to only remove cookies after your browser is quit to avoid any problems while browsing. Timers and removal ability whilst the browser is open are included for convenience - but they can have unintended results.
This can occur when using custom History settings in Firefox. You can fix the problem like so:
You now have 2 options :
or if you prefer using custom settings:
This scenario will occur if you have checked Run Cookie in the background on the Advanced Preference tab. You can access Cookie's window by double clicking the app icon which will most likely be in the Applications folder (or by global hotkey). Likewise, the only way to access preferences will be by the system global preferences hotkey of once you have Cookie's window open.
If you can open Preferences:
Otherwise you need to reset Cookie:
11. Make you are looking in your User Library. It's actually hidden by default... but you can easily show it. If you are running macOS High Sierra, you enable it like so:
or if running on an older operating system, you can download and use my free DesktopUtility app to show the User Library. (Scroll down to More Awesome Apps - expand it, then scroll to near the bottom where you will find a download link for DesktopUtility)
Please email me at [email protected] any crash logs you have so I can look for a fix. You will find any crash logs in the following 11folder: