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What do browsers do with expired cookies? I know that the app won't read them in, and I'm assuming the browser wouldn't send them, but are they purged from the file system with any regularity?

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If a cookie has expired, the browser does not send that particular cookie to the server with the page request; instead, the expired cookie is deleted.

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This depends upon the specific browser and also the user's personal settings. Welcome to the world of web development, where everybody is a special case. This is one of the reasons you need to test your site extensively, with multiple browsers, from different locations.

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Yeah, some firefox versions seem to conserve expired cookies forever. I just deleted some cookies from my Firefox which expired in April 2012. (There were newer cookies with same domain and name, though.) – Paŭlo Ebermann Jan 8 '13 at 10:35
Hahahahahahahaha, sadly not the answer I wanted but thanks for the info. – Tirithen Mar 5 '15 at 14:06

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