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How to Delete Browser Cache


Guide to delete browser cache in main internet browsers.


What is the cache

Cache files store the content of all the web pages you have visited during a session, including pictures, animation, movies, and downloads. This speeds up the displaying of pages you frequently visit as a web browser can open them from your hard disk instead of downloading them from the web.


Why you should delete browser cache

Storing cache files makes web browsing faster. It usually takes your computer less time to display a web page when it can open some elements or even the entire page from your local Temporary Internet Files folder. But cache files can threat to your privacy because everyone who has access to your computer can see your personal information by simply opening the cache folder - what videos you have watched, where you have been online and more.
Deleting cache files can also significantly improve the speed and performance of your browser.
To protect your privacy and improve computer performance, you should regularly delete cache files. You can do it using the delete cache option in your browser.


Clear Cache



  • Go to Settings Menu.
  • Look for Apps (o Applications)
  • Search fr the App you want to delete cache
  • Click on Storage and clear cache buttons will appear.


Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 8.0:
Select Tools.
Select Delete browsing history.
Select the Cache check box.
Click the Delete button.


Internet Explorer 7.0:
Select Tools.
Select Internet Options.
Open the General tab.
Under Browsing history click the Delete button.
Click the Delete files button and then click Yes.
Click Close and then click OK.


Internet Explorer 6.x/5.x:
Select Tools.
Select Internet Options.
Open the General tab.
Under the Temporary Internet files area click the Delete files button.
Click OK.



Firefox 3.0:
Open the 'Tools' menu and select 'Clear Private Data'.
Select 'Cache' and click 'Clear Private Data now'.


Firefox 2.x:
Select Tools.
Select Options.
Select Privacy.
Under Private area click Clear Now.
Select 'Cache' and click 'Clear Private Data now'.
Click OK.


Google Chrome

  • Go to Menu and choose more tools then Clear Browsing Data.
  • Select period of time.
  • Choose Cached imaged and files.
  • Click on Clear Browsing Data.



  • Open the 'Edit' menu and select 'Empty Cache'.
  • Click 'Empty' to confirm that you want to empty the cache.

AOL Explorer

Deleting cache in AOL 9.0:
Click Start, select Settings, then Control Panel.
Double-click 'Internet Options'.
Click 'Delete Files'.
Click OK.



Type the following command in your linux console:

# free && sync && echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches && free


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