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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 Windows 7 and Windows 10

Here is how to clean the Windows Update cache:

  • Open a cmd with administrator permissions.
  • For the service with net stop wuauserv (ENTER)
  • Go to the Windows directory cd / windows (ENTER)
  • Delete the SoftwareDistribution directory where the cache is stored: rd / s SoftwareDistribution (ENTER)
  • Restart the service: net start wuauserv (ENTER)

 

You can also do it with this Microsoft method: http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?kbid=971058

 

Android

  • 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.

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

Safari

  • 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.

 

Linux

Type the following command in your linux console:

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

 

What happens if I delete cached data

Clear the cache has some risks. Some applications can use cache data to streamline its operation, or simply to avoid having to download it from another location. This is what has happened with Google+, which has made many users spend gigas of data in a few hours. Google+ has had a crash, but many of the users had active systems that erased the cache every so often. Google+, when losing the data that I had stored in cache, I downloaded them again. And again, they were erased again, causing a lot of megas to be spent. The cache is for something, and this is an example.

 

So is it good or not delete or not delete the cache?

The recommendation is that you do not do it regularly. The cache is essential in any system, and its operation is usually good. In Android, every time is better, and we can not expect that this is making our mobile go slow. If we still have to erase the cache every so often, what we recommend is that you do not have an automatic deletion system. It is better that you erase it by means of a button that you can activate. In this way, you will know at all times what the mobile is doing, and avoid this type of problems, such as Google+, which produces a very significant expenditure of battery and data rate traffic.