WHAT IS THE INTERNET BROWSER CACHE AND WHY IT SHOULD BE CLEARED PERIODICALLY


When you are cruising around on the Internet, your web browser stores sites, text, sounds and images as temporary Internet files called CACHE.

The main reason (goal) of cache is to speeds things up. Let’s say you visit cnn.com often. Instead of going to the Internet and downloading the web page cnn.com every time you go there; your computer’s browser retrieves the saved pages (cache) directly from your computer which is always faster than getting it from the Internet.

WHY CLEAR YOUR CACHE:

You should clear your browser’s temporary files (cache) when you encounter problems accessing a website.

It’s good housekeeping to periodically clean out your cache. Computers are a lot like humans and can really use a good cleaning out occasionally (sorry for the possible bad visual).

Free up hard drive space: If you surf the Internet a lot, these saved temporary Internet files can use a lot of your hard drive space.

There is another important reason: Suppose you read online news from cnn.com. Unless you clear your cache regularly, the next time you visit that site, you may be looking at old news because what you are seeing is actually a cached page from your last visit to the site.

Clicking your browser’s Refresh or Reload button may load a new and updated version of the website, but if you never clear the cache, your Internet browser may get clogged. In this case even the Refresh or Reload button may be unable to display a new page for this website.

Below is a link to a website that shows you how to clear the cache of many popular browsers in use today.

http://www.pgcconline.com/technicalSupport/clearCache/index.html

Here are some steps that have worked well for me over the years when I am unable to access a particular website.

NOTE: If you can’t access any websites at all, you have a bigger problem than the steps below address.

1. Check to see if the website is down just for you or everyone by going to –

http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/

2. Clear your cache.

3. Close your Internet browser.

4. Restart your computer

5. Login (if need be) and leave it alone…allow the computer to fully boot up before touching the keyboard or mouse.

6. Start your browser – wait 60 seconds.

7. Try going to sites that are usually up all of the time such as cisco.com , amazon.com or google.com.

8. Now try going to the site you had trouble with.

Happy Computing,

John L. Jones

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