browser cookie problem

I just started having the following problem. When I go to some frequently visited sites that require a username and password, I check the remember me button to set a cookie so I don't have to keep typing in my username and password everytime I visit the site.

Just yesterday, whenever I close the browser and re-open the browser and visit the site, I have to re-type in my password. Initially I thought it might be a problem with the site itself, but it is happening with multiple websites I visit, not jsut one.

To test the problem, I manually cleaned out the cookie directory, but still the same problem is occurring.
Then I checked the cookie folder to see if the cookies were actually getting written to the directory. I opened up the browser, went to a frequently visited site, logged in, checked the remember me checkbox so a cookie would get stored on my PC, I then checked the folder to make sure it was there. It was. I then closed my browser, opened it back up, went to the site I just visited and I had to log back in. I checked the cookie folder and it was now gone. So, my cookie folder seems to be automatically deleting cookies that are stored?? Could this be a virus?  I checked the file size for the cookie folder, which I have set at: 10484MB.  Should have plenty of space.

Not sure what is causing this?

I'm using IE 6.0 and Windows 2000 Pro.

Any help is appreciated.
-Dman100-Software ConsultantAsked:
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Have you looked through your security/privacy settings in your browser? Maybe some of them causes the problem.
Is the date and time of the machine correct?  
As mentioned above, enter internet properties/privacy and set "accept all cookies" if you need so. I did that setting to me.

I am not sure cookies retain passwords from web pages.
For that purpose enter internet properties/content/autocomplete/ and check all boxes.

You can make Opera your default browser and store all passwords.
It has a manager for that where edit, delete every web account, list, sort them or you can have more than one per site, by ex multiple accounts in yahoo, when enter the page you can select from a list.
If you need assistance with it tell me.

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-Dman100-Software ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replys.  Yes, my date & time is correct.  I set "accept all cookies" and checked all boxes under autocomplete.  I"m still having the same problem.  

This is the strangest thing.  I can't figure out what has happened.  I've run scans for viruses, but nothing is coming up.  Will Opera store the cookies that can still be available for IE as well?
I think you may have a "cleaning" program installed that's used by many of the new that i'm beware of.
It could wipe out your IE cookies along others that you may want to keep some more. (recycle bin data)

Opera don't use IE cookies nor viceversa. Opera store its cookies in the file named cookies4.dat located in ...\Opera\profile. That was one of the reasons i mentioned above to make Opera the default browser. If you don't register you'll have a small banner on top of the screen.
All accounts must be stored in wand.dat
In Opera you'll have some very intristing features that didn't meet elsewhere.
The coolest features (except Mouse gestures)
very important link: when you upgrade to a new version of Opera or else.
I recommend to not install it with separate user settings, will be harder when you backup your Opera files.
This way you can install Opera at any location, on any partition or harddisk you want.
"If your system does not support multiple users or you chose to not install Opera with separate user settings, all files and directories are located in the profile directory, which is a sub-directory of your Opera installation directory."
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