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5/19/2008 13:19:16   

Clearing Your Cache

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A brief introduction: Your "cache" is all the files your computer has downloaded from the websites you visit. This does not mean actual "downloads." Have you noticed that after you visit a page once, it loads much faster the second time? This is because your computer has already "downloaded" information and images from that website. Sometimes, however, we want the computer to download new information and images, rather than load what it already has. So, we delete the files it has already downloaded, forcing it to download the new files. This is typically a very simple process.

Please note, "Cookies" and the "Cache" are two different things. Your "Cache" is the information you store about a website, while "Cookies" are the information website stores about you. For example, when a website saves your username and password, it uses a cookie. This does not effect your cache.

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  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer 8/9/10
  • Firefox (2.0 and later)
  • Opera 10.0
  • Safari 6
  • - Safari 6.0.3 (Mac Mini 10.8.3 specific)
  • Firefox (For Macintosh)
  • External Links


  • Click on the Options -> "History". (Or Ctrl + H)
  • Click "Clear Browsing Data".
  • From the drop-down menu, select "The beginning of time"
  • Make sure that all options are unchecked, except for "Empty the cache".
  • Click "Clear Browsing Data".
  • Alternative method: Press down Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open up a browser settings menu.

    Internet Explorer 8/9/10
    - To clear the cache for a single site: hold down "Ctrl" and click "Refresh" on the toolbar, or press Ctrl + F5 or CTRL + R
    - To clear the entire cache:

    • Click "Tools -> Delete Browsing History..." (or Ctrl + Shift + Del)
    • Check only "Temporary Internet Files."
    • Click "Delete."
    • Restart Internet Explorer.
  • Alternative method: Press down Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open up a browser settings menu.

    - To clear the cache for a single page: hold down "Shift" and click "Refresh" on the toolbar, or hold down CTRL and press F5.
    - To clear the entire cache:

    • Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> History(drop down menu)
    • Remember History > Remove individual cookies -> Select cookies -> Remove Cookie
    • - Or Use custom settings for history -> Show Cookies -> Select cookies -> Remove Cookie
    • Optionally Remove all cookies
    • Restart Firefox.
  • Alternative method: Press down Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open up a browser settings menu.

    Opera 10.0

    • Click "Tools."
    • Select "Delete Private Data..."
    • Click the "Detailed Options" button.
    • Uncheck everything except "Clear Entire Cache."
    • Click "Delete," and restart.

    Thanks to weatherseed for this information.

    Safari 6

    • Click Safari -> Empty Cache.
    • Click "Empty" on the dialog box.
    • Restart Safari.

    • Safari -> Preferences -> Privacy -> Details
    • Select site to remove cookies from -> Remove or Remove All
    • Restart Safari
  • Alternate method Safari -> Reset Safari... -> Check Remove all Website Data -> Hit Reset

    Safari 6.0.3 (Mac Mini 10.8.3 specific)

    • Located Develop option on Toolbar
    • Click Develop
    • Click Empty Caches on list (not the delete caches option)

    Firefox for Macintosh:

    • Click "Firefox -> Preferences."
    • Click "Advanced" and select the "Network" tab.
    • Under the "Cashed Web Content" section, click "Clear Now."
    • Restart Firefox.

    Note: If you do not see your browser's version listed here (Internet Explorer 5.5, Firefox 1.0, etc. etc.) it is strongly recommended that you upgrade your browser. The latest browsers typically have more features and improved security.

    External Links

    Used in checking the above information for correct directions.
  • http://support.lexis-nexis.com/lexiscom/record.asp?ArticleID=wg_cache
  • http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11920
  • http://www.ohlone.edu/org/webcenter/clearbrowsercache.html

    The HelpZard provides links to the homepages of the various browsers.


    Also, if you follow these steps exactly and the problem is not fixed, the problem is not caused by your cache. Try scanning your computer for viruses or spyware, or trying the other solutions recommended by the HelpZard.

    Updates List:
    5.17.08 - Original Posting
    5.19.08 - Moved to CFI by Alac
    5.20.08 - Added Opera 9.0 - Thanks to weatherseed for the information
    9.22.09 - Updated Internet Explorer and Opera
    5.20.13 - Updated entire post. Thanks to the Archknights.

    < Message edited by Scakk -- 5/20/2013 18:49:53 >
  • Post #: 1
    5/23/2008 22:29:49   
      Captain Rhubarb

    Some quick tips:

    * Clearing your cache will not help if your ISP is also caching web files.
    AOL is famous for doing this. They hold a copy of web files on their "proxy" servers, and when you connect to AQ and download stuff, you're actually only downloading AOL's copies of the files.
    And those copies may be several days old.

    * If you are Guardian player, you can try playing using both the Free and Guardian servers to see if one works better for you.
    AQ DF MQ AQW Epic  Post #: 2
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