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How do you turn cookies off?

First of all, we should say that if you do turn cookies off you might find strange things happening. You will not be able to register with MaximAd, for instance.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. In Internet Explorer, go to the Tools Menu, then go to Internet Options, then go to Privacy. Here you can change the rules your browser uses to accept cookies; the options are Block all cookies; High; Medium High, Medium, Low and Accept All Cookies. Anything from Medium High down will enable Guardian Unlimited cookies. A setting of High or Block all Cookies will stop Guardian Unlimited setting cookies on your computer.

We do not put instructions here for all browsers, as they differ for each one. To find out how to turn cookies off on your browser, please consult the Help menu on your browser. This is usually the further right option on the browser toolbar.

If you're only worried about "third party" cookies generated by advertisers, you can just turn these off by going to the third party's website and getting them to generate a one-time "no thanks" cookie, which will stop any further cookies being served to your machine. Here are links to the top three third party advertising platforms, each of which have instructions on how to do this:




You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising bodies for more information:


Some useful links for further reading

Data Protection Act

Information Commissioner

Microsoft's cookie guide

All about cookies