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(How_To) Clean_Cookies_&_Cache

What is Cache?

Cache is often referred to as Temporary Internet Files and is located in a folder on your Systems Drive. This folder usually contains a kind of travel record of the items you have either seen, heard, or downloaded from the Web (whether it be Images, Sounds, Web Pages or even Website Cookies.

Storing these files can make browsing the Web faster because it usually takes your computer less time to display a Web page when it can call up some of the page's elements or even the entire page from your local Temporary Internet Files folder.



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Internet Explorer 6

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Cleaning Internet Explorer's Cookies & Cache

Internet Explorer is the main browser for storing Cookies & Cache and is the one that typically needs cleaning out the most.

Follow the steps below and you should have a better experience with Internet Explorer:

Open Internet Explorer

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At the top of the browser screen, either click on Tools or the little gear

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On one of these areas click on Internet Options...

Tools Menu
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Gear Menu
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Once the Options Box has opened find the Browsing History section and click on the Delete button.

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A Delete Browsing History window will appear. Under Browsing history, click Delete...

- Check off the areas you wish to clean
- Click the Delete Button
- If you want to know why its important to delete your browser history
Click the link inside the window.

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When this is finished, you can click Close, then click OK on the Internet Options window, this will return you to your web page.

Adjusting Internet Explorer Settings

While it's true that the more files you can load from your hard disk, the faster your browsing speed, it's also true that those pages on the Web might have changed since being stored on your computer. You might not want to miss fresh content just to save a little time. Fortunately, in addition to the size of the cache, you can also customize how often Internet Explorer checks the Web for updated content.

Follow the steps below to adjust Internet Explorers Settings:

Open Internet Explorer

open_browser

At the top of the browser screen, either click on Tools or the little gear

tools_gear

On one of these areas click on Internet Options...

Tools Menu
tools_menu

Gear Menu
gear_menu

Once the Options Box has opened find the Browsing History section and click on the Settings button.

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In the Settings box, there are four ways to check for newer versions of pages that are stored in the
Temporary Internet Files folder:

- Every visit to the page: You're assured of the most current content, but it's slower to browse previously viewed pages
- Every time you start Internet Explorer: On your first visit to a page, I.E. will check for new information, but not on subsequent visits in the same browsing session
- Automatically: I.E. will check automatically for any new content
- Never: This option is fastest, but you could be viewing old content from the cache. To refresh the page, press the F5 button on your keyboard. This will connect you to the page on the Web and download new information to the Temporary Internet files folder
Try several combinations of these options and cache size to find the best fit for your needs. You may need to use the settings for a few days to fully gauge how they are working.

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Mozilla Firefox (Older Versions)

PLEASE BE ADVISED!!! SOME OF MOZILLA FIREFOX'S OLDER BROWSER VERSIONS IS NO LONGER (TERMINALLY IN USE) SUPPORTED PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK TO Update Mozilla Firefox. THIS COMES AS A WARNING TO ALL MEMBERS WHO USES THESE INTERFACES..


Cleaning Firefox's Cookies & Cache

Like Internet Explorer Firefox uses the same type of caching properties. The only difference between these two is they have different cache folders. Below is a small overview of what Firefox's data stream will look like

Browsing History: contains a log web locations you have previously visited.

Download History: keeps a list of files you've downloaded.

Saved Form Information: contains a list of phrases you have entered in text fields, such as web searches, and name and address fields.

Cache: stores temporary files, such as web pages and other online media, that you have downloaded from the Internet.

Cookies: stores files created by web sites, that store information on your computer, such as your preferences when visiting that site. (When a web site has a "remember this" checkbox, they are using a cookie.)

Saved Passwords: contains a list of usernames and passwords you have opted to have Firefox remember.

Authenticated Sessions: keeps you logged into secure web sites, you have already used the password manager to log in to.

Follow the steps below to clear Firefox's Browsing History.

Open Firefox

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Locate the orange Firefox button at the Top Left of your screen and click that or locate the Tools menu and click it.

Default Location
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Expanded Menu Location
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Once you have clicked on one of the locations then you will now need to locate Clear Recent History and click on that.

Button Menu
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Tools Menu
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Once you have clicked on one of the locations a new window will appear with all of clearing options.

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Beside Time range to clear select how much of your history Firefox will clear. You can clear the history collected in the
Last Hour, Last Two Hours, Last Four Hours, Today or you can clear Everything

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Once you have decided on what option you want simply check off the box's in the lower portion of the window,
then you can finally click on the Clear Now button.

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This will now clear all of Firefox's history for the option you chose.

Cleaning Firefox's Automatically

Follow the steps below to set up Firefox to clear your history automatically:

Open Firefox

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Locate the orange Firefox button at the Top Left of your screen and click that or locate the Tools menu and click it.

Default Location
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Expanded Menu Location
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Once you have clicked on one of the locations then you will now need to locate Options and click on that.

Button Menu
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Tools Menu
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A new window will appear (usually it will open on the General Tab. Locate the Privacy Tab and click on it.

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In the History section of the Privacy Panel, click the dropdown next to Firefox will:, select from the dropdown menu Use custom settings for history then go down and locate the check box for Clear history when Firefox exits and click it.

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To specify what history should be cleared, click the Settings button next to the
box you just checked (Clear history when Firefox exits

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Once you have checked off what you want Firefox to automatically clear click on the Ok button,
then click on the Close button on the Options window.


Cleaning Chrome's Cookies & Cache

Chrome is more or less an extension of Safari. Even though the browser was built using Googles API's it still uses a browsing engine named Webkit/KHTML.

Follow the steps below to clean Google Chrome's browsing history:

Open Google Chrome

open_browser

Locate the wrench on the Top Right of Chrome and click it.

wrench_location

Once a menu has opened locate Tools and hover it. After you have hovered on Tools locate
Clear Browsing Data on the menu that pops up and click it

tools_location

A new window (or tab) will appear with a box that has what you can clear from Google Chrome.

data_page

On this window locate the area that says Obliterate the following items from: and it will allow you to clear data
for The Past Hour, for The Past Day, for The Past Week, for The Last 4 Weeks or Since The Beginning Of Time.

data_setting

Once you have chosen what you want cleared simply check off what you want cleared and click the
Clear Browsing Data button on the bottom of the page and your done.


Cleaning Opera's Cookies & Cache

Opera uses a totally different Browsing Engine than those mentioned above and implements different settings to cater to some peoples needs.

Follow the steps below to clean Opera's browsing history:

Open Opera

open_browser

Either locate the Opera button on the Top Left corner of the browser or Tools on the Expanded Menu and click on them both.

Default Location
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Expanded Location
opera_expanded

On the Default Location locate Settings then Delete Private Data.
While on the Expanded Location locate Delete Private Data.
Click on either one (dependent on location).

Default Location
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Expanded Location
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Once you have clicked on Delete Private Data a new window (or tab) will appear.

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While on the new window click on Detailed Options to get a full list of what Opera can clear.

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Check off what you want Opera to clear then click the Delete button on the bottom of the window.
Your browser is now Clean & Clear.


In Conclusion, each browser uses a different method to cleaning Cookies & Cache, but the main browser that will need cleaning is Internet Explorer. The reason I say this is because even though each browser has their own Cache folder a small part is still stored on the Computers Temporary Folder (or in the folder Internet Explorer is defaulted to). Always make sure to clean your browser daily (especially if your on a site with heavy images like Fubar.com, Facebook or a Image Hosting Site like Photobucket).


Sidenote: Due to the Overwhelming amount of browsers currently available,

I have only listed the most commonly used with Fubar.com.

More browsers can be found by clicking this link (List Of Browsers).


If you have any further questions about this or any of the other browser topics
Please feel free to leave a comment on this blog or private message a Fubar Bouncer and they will try to help you the best they can.
For faster results you can also visit the Support Lounge and the staff/members will help you to the best of their abilities..



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