How to clear your browser's cache
Browser cache (also known as Temporary Internet files) stores the content of all the web pages that you have visited (including pictures, animation, movies, etc.). 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. However, if you share your computer it can compromise your privacy as other users by simply opening the cache folder (Temporary Internet Files in Internet Explorer), can see what videos you have watched, what pictures you have seen, where you have been online and more.
You should periodically clear cache to protect your privacy and allow your browser to function more efficiently.
With Clear All History you can erase cache in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, MSN Explorer, AOL Explorer, Opera, Netscape, Mozilla and Maxthon.
As you surf the Internet your web browser stores the content of visited web pages. While storing cache files makes web browsing faster as it usually takes your computer less time to display a web page when it can open page's elements or even the entire page from your local Temporary Internet Files folder, browser cache stored on your computer like a map shows you browsing history. If you need to hide your browsing history, it is good to regularly clear browser cache.
Also, with time, your browser cache becomes overloaded with stored information that can cause your browser to slow down. Clearing cache can significantly improve the speed and performance of your browser.
You can set your browser to clear history automatically on browser close or at regular intervals, but from time to time you may want to clear it manually for privacy reasons.
If you wish, you can prevent your browser from storing cache.
You may also want to delete cookies, delete visited sites history and form autocomplete.
How to clear browser's cache
Since every browser is different, the following article describes how to clear cache, disable cache and change cache settings in Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera. If you are not able to find clear cache instructions for your browser, search your browser's help section
For Internet Explorer users
How to clear Internet Explorer cache:
- clear cache Internet Explorer 9.0
- clear cache Internet Explorer 8.0
- clear cache Internet Explorer 7.0
Cache index.dat file
Internet Explorer cache settings
For Firefox users
How to clear cache in Firefox:
- clear cache in Firefox 4.0
- clear cache Firefox 3.0
Firefox cache settings
For Safari users
Safari cache settings
How to erase Internet Explorer cache
Erase cache in Internet Explorer 9.0:
Select 'Delete Browsing History' from the Tools menu and select 'Temporary Internet Files', then click the 'Delete' button.
To set Internet Explorer to clear cache automatically on close - open the 'Tools' menu and select 'Internet Options', click the Delete button and check 'Temporary Internet Files'. Then close the Delete Browsing History window and check the 'Delete browsing history on exit' option.
To erase cache in Internet Explorer 8.0:
Open the Tools menu and select 'Delete browsing history'.
Check the Cache option and click the Delete button.
To erase cache in Internet Explorer 7.0:
Open the 'Tools' menu and select 'Internet Options'.
Then open the General tab and in the Browsing history area click the 'Delete' button.
In the Delete browsing history window click 'Delete files'
Cache index.dat files
Cache index.dat file contains URLs with date/time stamps and pointers to cache files. It is a system file and it can't be deleted manually as it is used by Windows all the time. Index.dat files are hidden by default. To make index.dat files visible, you should enable Explorer to view hidden and system files. Cache index.dat content is not erased even if you clear browser history, cache and cookies.
Internet Explorer cache settings
Depending on your needs you can easily choose how much space is set for cache (Temporary Internet files).
If you have enough space on your PC, to speed up the displaying of previously visited pages, you might want to increase the size of your cache (Temporary Internet Files folder)
To change the size of browser cache in Internet Explorer follow the steps below:
Open the 'Tools' menu, select 'Internet Options' and open the 'General' tab.
Click 'Settings' button in Browsing history area.
For 'Disk space to use' set the amount of disk space allowed for cache. Recommended space for Temporary Internet Files folder (cache) - 50 - 250 (MB)
How to clear Firefox cache
Erase cache in Firefox 4.0:
To clear cache in Firefox:
Open Firefox and open the Tools menu
Open the History menu and select 'Clear Recent History'
Click the drop-down menu next to 'Time range to clear' to choose the necessary period.
Click the 'arrow' button next to 'Details' and select 'Cache', then click 'Clear Now'
Clear cache in Firefox 3.0:
Open Firefox and select the 'Tools' menu
Then select 'Options' and open the 'Privacy' tab.
Under the Private area click 'Clear Now'.
In the 'Clear Private Data' window select 'Cache' and click 'Clear Private Data Now'.
Firefox cache settings
Visited web pages are normally stored in a special cache folder for quicker viewing the next time you visit the same page. You can specify the amount of disk space the cache can use here. For faster operating you may want to increase the size of disk space for browser cache.
When you quit Firefox, it performs cache maintenance. If maintenance takes longer than you wish, you can decrease the size of disk cache.
To change cache size in Firefox, open the Tools menu and select 'Options'.
Open the Advanced tab and select 'Network' and set the space for the cache in MB.