Strange Dates? - Internet Cookies : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Has anyone taken a look at the expiration dates of cookies in their c:\windows\temporary internet files? I was cleaning out some of the junk in this folder and did a sort by expiration date. I see expiration dates such as 12/30/37, 11/1/47, 1/7/68, etc. Are these normal dates?

Please advise.

-- Just Wondering (, January 02, 2000


Oops. Might be worth posting the sites they came from ...

-- merville (, January 02, 2000.

You're right....I'm seeing years of 19, 04, 37, 69, 29, 10. Don't know what it is, but I would think we would have noticed that before since they look so wierd. Hello Cookiemeister?

-- urp (urp@urp.urp), January 02, 2000.

>Oops. Might be worth posting the sites they came from ...

-- merville (, January 02, 2000. <

If it were just one or two it wouldn't be a problem. But I have over 100 cookies with these strange dates!

-- Just Wondering (, January 02, 2000.

Try going to your control panel, regional settings, Date tab, change the short date style to MM/dd/yyyy so that it uses a four digit year. Hope this helps.

-- Tom (, January 02, 2000.

Well, it's probably related to the turnover...but...some of us that are concerned with cookies and privacy are concerned that some sites set cookies that have 40 and 50 years expiration dates or other ways to keep the cookies hidden in the system...those odd dates might be part of that. Perhaps the end number is a tracking number...check the cookie in a text program and see if they contain a date in there...something else that's fun...edit the cookies that you don't really want-ones you would normally delete-to say something inside like: "WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?!?!?" Just a thought. ~s~

-- Satanta (, January 02, 2000.

Very normal! These 20?? dates are in my directory also, all with future expirations, most with pre-rollover last modification.

-- Slobby Don (, January 02, 2000.

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