To enhance your browsing experience, a website stores bits of information called cookies and a cache of recently used data on your device to potentially increase the speed of webpages loading. These automatic settings are effective in making your internet experience less complicated, but at times it can cause problems while browsing certain sites. By regularly clearing out stored cookies and caches, you can resolve unexpected browser issues.
Cookies are relatively small amounts of information that a website stores on to your local computer while viewing the pages of a website. Cookies contain personal information such as your user name or a saved password in an encrypted or safe format to save the user from having to repeatedly enter the required information, thus saving time. Most sites inform you when cookies are needed, giving you the option of saving them or not.
A cache is similar to cookies, providing a storage area where frequently used data can be stored for rapid access. Once the cache stores any files needed to view a website, it can access the images, text and sound copies from the cache instead of loading the complete web page again. This shortens the loading time of each page and increases the browsing speed.
To clear Firefox Cookies and Cache follow these steps:
- Click the 'Firefox' button in the left hand corner.
- Click the arrow next to 'History'.
- Now select 'Clear Recent History'.
- A text box will open allowing you to delete the cookies and cache.
- Ensure 'Everything' is selected in the time range and only the 'Cookies' and 'Cache' check boxes have been ticked.
- Once everything has been filled out, simply finish by clicking 'Clear Now'.
To clear Internet Explorer Cookies and Cache follow these steps:
- In Internet Explorer, click Tools. If you don't see the menu, press Alt on your keyboard to show menus.
- Select Delete Browsing History.
- Select the check-box next to 'Temporary Internet Files' and 'Cookies'.
- Click Delete.
- It can take several minutes for the cache history to be deleted. Once the files have been deleted, click Okay.
To clear Google Chrome Cookies and Cache follow these steps:
- Click the menu / wrench icon on the browser toolbar.
- Select Tools.
- Select Clear browsing data.
- In the dialog box that appears, select the check boxes for the information you want to remove.
- Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
- Click Clear browsing data.
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