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How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

“Sometimes these data stores become so full that they begin to slow down your Internet, or prevent you from performing certain actions, which is when you will need to clear your cookies and your cache. ”

Almost everyone knows that within your Internet browser, a small amount of data will be collected and stored. This data is housed in two separate areas: cookies and your cache, both of which hold different types of data.

Sometimes these data stores become so full that they begin to slow down your Internet, or prevent you from performing certain actions, which is when you will need to clear your cookies and your cache.

Clink on one oft the links below to jump to your respective internet browser:

Safari

Firefox

Google Chrome

Internet Explorer

Safari

Step 1. Click on the 'Safari' tab in your navigation bar and select 'Preferences'.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Step 2. Select the 'Privacy' tab in your Preference settings.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Step 3. If you want to know the details of the cookies your Safari has been collecting, click on 'Details' for an overview. You can selectively remove cookies within this setting.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Step 4. Click on 'Remove All Website Data' and then 'Remove Now' to clear your entire cache/cookies.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Firefox

Step 1. Click on the 'History' tab in your navigation bar and select 'Clear recent history'.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer


Step 2. Select which data options you would like to clear including the time period in which you want data to be erased.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Step 3. Click on 'Clear Now' to clear your selected data.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Google Chrome

Step 1. Click on the 'Chrome' tab in your navigation bar and select 'Preferences'.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Step 2. You will be taken to a page with all your user settings, open up 'History' in the top left corner.

Step 3. Select 'Clear browsing data...'

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Step 4. Make a selection of the type of data you would like to remove, as well as the time frame within which you want data removed.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Step 5. Click 'Clear browsing data'.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 9

Check out this wonderful video Microsoft made instructing you on how to delete your cookies for Internet Explorer 9:

Internet Explorer 8

Windows Vista or Windows 7

Step 1. Click on the 'Start' button in the left hand corner of your screen and type 'inetcpl.cpl' in to the search box.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Image Source: Microsoft


Step 2. Under the 'General' tab, click the 'Delete...' button.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Image Source: Microsoft


Step 3. This will open up the 'Delete Browsing History' dialogue box, where you can select which data you would like removed.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Image Source: Microsoft


Step 4. Click 'Delete' for your selected data to be removed.

Windows XP

Step 1. Click on the 'Start' button, select 'Run...' and type 'inetcpl.cpl' in to the 'Open:' search box and click 'Ok'.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Image Source: Microsoft


How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Image Source: Microsoft


Step 2. Under the 'General' tab, click the 'Delete...' button.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Image Source: Microsoft


Step 3. This will open up the 'Delete Browsing History' dialogue box, where you can select which data you would like removed.

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

Image Source: Microsoft


Step 4. Click 'Delete' for your selected data to be removed.

You're all done!

Congratulations, your cookies have now been delEATed... Now you may celebrate!

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

How to clear your cache and delete your cookies in Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer

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20-Nov-2013
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