How to Clear Cache

The main purpose of the cache memory is to temporarily store internet files. This is where you can find all the items you have already viewed in the internet. Once you try to visit a site you have already seen, the web page will download faster as usual. The browser loads the page from your cache instead of downloading it all over again. But if you do not want others to see what you have been visiting, you can clear your cache every now and then.

Also, if you do not periodically clear your computer’s cache memory, the performance of your computer can slow down as your hard drive’s space runs out. Below are steps on how to clear cache on your computer depending on the browser you are using.

Internet Explorer 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0 for Windows

  1. Click Tools in the menu bar of the browser.
  2. Select Internet Options then Internet Properties.
  3. To delete all files stored in your cache, under General Tab, click on Delete Files in the Temporary Internet Files.
  4. Tick on the Delete all offline content.
  5. On the Delete Files dialog box, select OK.
  6. Select Apply then click on OK.

Internet Explorer 7.0 for Windows

  1. Click Tools in the menu bar of the browser.
  2. Select Internet Options then Internet Properties.
  3. Under General Tab, click on Delete in Browsing History.
  4. In Temporary Internet Files, select Delete Files.
  5. On the Delete Files dialog box, select Yes.
  6. Close then click on OK.

Internet Explorer 4.x and 5.x for Macintosh

  1. Click Edit in the menu bar of the browser.
  2. Select on Preferences.
  3. Choose Advanced in the Web Browser.
  4. Select Empty Now then OK.
  5. Close and re-launch the internet browser.

Mozilla Firefox for Windows

  1. Click Tools in the menu bar of the browser.
  2. Select Options then Privacy.
  3. Under Cache options, select on Clear.
  4. Click on OK.
  5. Close and re-launch the internet browser.

Mozilla Firefox for Macintosh

  1. Click Firefox in the toolbar of the browser.
  2. Select Preferences then Privacy.
  3. In the Cache option, select on Clear.
  4. Click on OK.
  5. Close and re-launch the internet browser.

Mozilla Firefox 1.7 for Windows

  1. Click Edit in the menu bar of the browser.
  2. Select Preferences then Advance.
  3. Click on Cache under Advance, and then select on Clear Cache.
  4. Select OK.
  5. Close and re-launch the internet browser.

Mozilla Firefox 1.7 for Macintosh

  1. Click Mozilla in the toolbar of the browser.
  2. Select Preferences then Advance.
  3. Click on Cache under Advance, and then select on Clear Cache.
  4. Select OK.
  5. Close and re-launch the internet browser.

Netscape Navigator 4.0 and 6.0 for Windows

  1. Click Edit in the menu bar of the browser.
  2. Select Preferences then Advanced.
  3. Choose Cache, and then Clear Memory Cache.
  4. Select Clear Disk Cache then OK.

Netscape Navigator 7.0 for Windows

  1. Click Edit in the menu bar of the browser.
  2. Select Preferences then Triangle to expand on Advanced.
  3. Choose Cache, and then Clear Cache.
  4. Lastly, select OK.

Netscape Navigator 8.0 for Windows

  1. Click Tools in the menu bar of the browser.
  2. Select Options then Privacy.
  3. Choose Cache, and then Clear Cache.
  4. Lastly, select on Clear then OK.

Safari 1.0 for Macintosh

  1. Click Safari in the toolbar of the browser.
  2. Click on Empty Cache.
  3. Then when a message box appears, select on Empty.
  4. Close and re-launch the internet browser.