Rediware Software's

Cookie Wiz

© copyright 2001 Rediware Software and Services


Introduction and purpose

     Rediware Software's Cookie Wiz is by no means the ultimate cookie utility. There are many others out there, including utilities that are cumbersome to use, incomplete, mediocre, promising, excellent, and super. Most of the cookie utilities I have found are at the low end but free, or at the top end but not free.

     Cookie Wiz attempts to be a little better than most free cookie utilities, and yes, cookie wiz is free.


Running Cookie Wiz

     Cookie Wiz has been tested on Windows 98 only. It is designed to work most compatably with systems using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0. I do not know it Cookie Wiz will work with other versions of IE. I'm pretty sure it will not work with Netscape..  

     Cookie Wiz was written with a resolution of 800 x 600. If your system is set to a smaller resolution, you will not be able to view the entire screen.

     This help file was written with the intent of being run with Microsoft Internet Explorer. It has operates successfully with IE 5.0.  Other internet browsers should display this file properly also. When help is clicked in Cookie Wiz, your default browser will load this file.


Cookie Wiz handles several types of caches

      Cookie Wiz (CW) handles four several of internet caches. I do not pretend to understand what all the different types are for. I do know that some types are overlapping, and therefore removing one type will sometimes remove some of another type. I'm also sure that there are other types not included in CW. It is possible, therefore, to use CW to it's fullest, and still have cookies somewhere on your hard drive. If you have tried other cookie utilities, you will find that many of them generate the same complaint. Therefore, do not complain to me - I know! Cookies are generated, stored, and retrieved in many different ways for many different purposes, and it will be a costly piece of software indeed for it to promise 100% removal.

     You should also be aware that the majority of cookies are not bad, although they have a bad reputation. Most people wish to scrub their system clean. Cookies are necessary to utilize many web sites. They help keep track of what you have done so far, so that repeat page downloading can be kept to a minimum, data can be remembered from page to page, or it you leave a site and then return, the site is familiar with you, and can become a little more intuitive. These are the reasons CW allows you to automatically protect cookies you wish not to erase.

The cache types CW deals with are::

Cache items: These are items stored on your hard drive that are components of web pages stored when surfing the internet. They are mostly comprised of html pages and graphics that those pages contain. They are not cookies.

Sites visited: This is a list used by IE to keep track of the sites you have visited. They have nothing to do with your favorites. They are a record of where you have been recently. They are not cookies.

normal cache: These files are stored on your hard drive by web sites you have visited. They may or may not contain information about you for these sites to retrieve when you revisit. These cookies may contain passwords, pages visited, links clicked, etc.

edited cache: ?

offline cache: ?

online cache: ?

sticky cache: Contains cookies.

sparse cache: ?

cookie cache: Contains cookies

win cookies: Cookies are stored in various places on your drive. Cache cookies are not readable by normal means and are stored in several places. Windows cookies are readable by normal means and are stored in another place on your drive. Therefore CW can break these cookies down to reveal the contents they contain.

     There are other corrners of your drive that cookies may hide. If you are really concerned about getting every drop of internet activity off your hard drive, you may wish to purchase a commercial program.


Using Cookie Wiz

     CW is simple enough to use. below is a screenshot that depicts the working application's interface. CW is divided into several main control collection boxes.

      The top area (1) is not an interactive box. It is used to display the title of this application, and also displays a progress bar for slower routines so that you can see how your selections are progressing.

    The next area (2) contains the listing of retrieved cache items. The layout of this listing will change, depending on the type of cache being displayed. The listing will always contain information in several columns. Sometimes the columns will have no important data in them. The default for this main listing sorts the list automatically in ascending order based on the first column. You can alphabetize the list based on any column you wish by simply clicking the heading of that column. You can also rearrange the column order by 'dragging' the column header to the position you want it to appear. Some cache types will yield no data at all on your system. This is normal.

     The third area (3) is the 'always keep these cookies' box. CW has a feature not found on many cookie utilities. This feature allows you to designate cookies you wish to permanantly keep (never delete with CW). This feature allows you to automatically keep cookies that contain passwords or other important data needed for web sites that you work with regularly.

    The fourth area (4) contains options that let you retrieve a particular type of cache. To retrieve a particular type, simply click the option box of the type you wish to see.

The fifth area (5) contains buttons that allow you to check all displayed items, uncheck all, reverse the items checked, or reduce the listing shown to either all checked items or unchecked items. (removing the other from the list). It is important to remember that any checked items will NOT be removed, while unchecked items WILL be removed.

Button 'automatic' (6) is all by itself. To remove cookies and cache from your drive, you must click each cache type, and then tell CW to remove all unchecked items. You must do this for each type. Click button 'automatic' to have the entire sequence automated from start to finish.

The seventh area (7) has two interactive controls, and a status control. No matter what you do, nothing will be removed from your hard drive with CW if the 'allow real deletions' checkbox is not checked. CW will go through all the motions, even telling you that the selected cache has been deleted. However, if the checkbox is not checked, nothing will be deleted. You know the status because the control above informs you that the 'deletions are simulated.' Checking this checkbox will change the status to 'deletions are actual.' You must recheck this checkbox for each cache type you select. This informs CW that you really wish to remove the items designated. If you are using the 'automatic' feature, the initial status of the checkbox will remain for all cache types until 'automatic' has finished.
     After you have checked or unchecked items, click the 'delete unchecked' button to remove those items from your drive. If the checkbox is not checked before clicking this button, removal will be simulated only.

The eighth area (8) displays two buttons. Help displays this file, and Quit ends the application.

The ninth area (9) contains a link to the Rediware web site. Be sure you have an active internet connection before clicking.

The tenth area (10) is the status bar at the bottom of the screen and contains an information update in the left hand section. This section will always tell you what is happening at any given time after clicking a button.

   Viewing and deleting cache items

1. Select the cache type to retrieve.
     This is done by selecting one of the available options in area 4.

2. Select the items you wish to keep.
     A listing of the specific type of cache will appear in the list box at the top of your screen. Each item will have a checkbox to the left of the item. Check all items you wish to keep.

3. Delete the items.
     Check the checkbox labeled 'allow real deletions'. Then click the 'delete unchecked' button. The items in the list that are unchecked will be deleted from your hard drive.

NOTE: The checkbox labeled 'allow real deletions' must be cheched each time you retrieve a new set of items if you wish to actually delete items. This is a safety valve to make sure of your intent. If the box is not checked, CW will appear to delete unchecked items, and adjust the remaining list accordingly. CW will also announce that the items have indeed been deleted. However, the items will not actually be deleted. You may use this checkbox to see how CW works without actually deleting anything from your system! Leave it unchecked, and try CW out. Your cache items will not be touched. The 'always keep these cookies' features are not affected by this checkbox.

Checking tools

     When checking or unchecking items in the cache list, several checking tools are available.

1. check all: Clicking this button will check all items in the list
2. uncheck all: Clicking this button will uncheck all items in the list. NOTE that if the item is the file "index.dat" that this item cannot be unchecked.
3. reverse checks: Clicking this button will uncheck all checked items, and check all unchecked items.

Narrowing the working list

     At any time you can narrow the list you wish to work on. This is especially useful when wishing to concentrate on items not addressed yet via 'autochecking' (discussed later).

1. work with checked: Click this button to make the list contain only items that have been checked.
2. work with unchecked: Click this button to make the list contain only items that have not been checked.

Other buttons

     To make this documentation complete, two other buttons are available in the right control box.

1. help: Produces this help file, loaded by your default internet browser.
2. quit: Quits the CW application.

Keep cookies list controls

    The  'always keep these cookies' control box (3) has controls of it's own that allow you to keep selected items automatically without having to hunt them down and check them for keeping each time you use CW. This box contains:

1. The list box: This list box will automatically load and display sites that cookies may be kept for. You can edit this list easily.
2. autocheck: Clicking the autocheck button will automatically check any items in your main list that appear in the 'keep' list. By checking these items, they will not be deleted when you click the 'delete unchecked' button. NOTE that whenever you click the 'delete checked' button that CW will autocheck for you, so that cookies in your keep list do not get deleted. The only way to actually remove cookies from your system if they appear in the 'keep' list is to remove them from the keep list first. You cannot accidentally delete cookies if they appear in your keep list! This happens if you delete one at a time manually, or use the automatic feature.
3. add checked: Clicking the 'add checked' button will add any site names to your 'keep' list that are checked in the main list. If you wish to automatically keep any cookies from the site cookiewiz.com, you will click the cookiewiz.com item in the main list, and then click 'add checked'. Cookies from this site will then automatically be kept. (after saving the list) CW will also make sure there are no duplicates in the keep list, so you don't have to.
4. remove selected: To remove items from the 'kept list', select them by clicking on them. Standard Windows conventions are active when selecting. To select one item, click on it. To select more than one item, hold down the control key and click the items you wish to select. To select items that are consecutive, click the first item, hold down the shift key, and then click the last item you wish to have selected. After selecting, click the 'remove selected' button and the items will be removed from the list. The list does not become permaanant until you actually save the list.
5. reload: This button reloads the list that is contained on your drive. If you accidentally remove wanted items, do not save the list, but simply select 'reload' to retrieve your unedited list.
6. save this list: When you are sure the list for cookies you wish to keep is correct, click 'save this list'. The lsit will be saved to your hard drive. Any recovery of the list before editing is now impossible.

NOTE: Not all cache types will display the 'keep cookies' list. This is because this list is for cookies only, and CW also deals with other cache types. Therefore if another cache type is displayed other that a type of cookie cache, the 'keep cookies' list and controls will not be displayed on the screen.


ADDITIONAL NOTES:

     Rediware Software and the author make no guarantees that Cookie Wiz will suit your needs or expectations. Rediware Software and the author are not responsible for any system incompatibilities or file or system corruption due to the installing, usage, or uninstalling of Cookie Wiz. Cookie Wizhas been tested on Windows 98 using Internet Explorer 5.0 without incident, and none is expected. However this disclaimer must be in place should a software conflict arise. Note that the installation software and dynamic link libraries are written by Microsoft and are independent of Cookie Wiz. I welcome email on any glitches or bugs that you may encounter. When reporting any bugs, please attempt to recreate the glitch in a step by step fashion so that you can relay to me the exact steps that caused the problem. When installing Cookie Wiz, the installation software will detect if you have older versions of dll files and ask you if you wish to install the updated versions. It is recommended that you do so. The versions contained in Cookie Wizare the latest available at the time of release and are official Microsoft-released libraries.    


CREDITS and RIGHTS:

     Cookie Wiz is a Rediware Software and Services release, and Rediware Software and the author retain all rights to the Cookie Wiz application and coding.

    Cookie Wiz may be redistributed by anyone through any means, as long as the entire program package is in it's original distribution form, including all files and rights notices, including this help file.

     © Rediware Software and Services, released 2001


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