How to Empty the Cache on My Computer

By Stacey Price

When you surf the Internet, your browser saves copies of the pages visited into your cache folder. While the process makes browsing the Internet quicker by downloading images from your cache folder, it could also be a problem. There is the possibility that you could retrieve outdated information and your cache memory could take up too much of your hard drive, consequently slowing your computer down. You should make it a habit to clear your cache periodically. The browser you're using, which version of the browser you're using and the operating system all play a part in determining how to clear your computer cache.

Internet Explorer 4+

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer by double-clicking on the icon. Select "Tools" from the menu bar located at the top of the webpage. This will prompt a drop-down menu.

Step 2

Select "Internet Options." This will prompt the "Internet Options" display screen. Make sure the "General" tab is selected.

Step 3

Select the "Delete Files" button located under the "Temporary Internet files" section. Select "OK" to clear your computer memory cache when prompted to do so. Exit out of all the menus when you're finished.

Google Chrome

Step 1

Launch Google Chrome by double-clicking on the icon located on your desktop. Click the wrench tool located at the upper-right corner of the browser. This will prompt a drop-down menu.

Step 2

Select the "Clear browsing data" link. Check the boxes for the data that you want to delete.

Step 3

Check the box next to "Empty the cache." Click the "Clear browsing data" button to empty the cache on your computer. Exit out of the menus.

Firefox 3.0

Step 1

Open Firefox by double-clicking on the icon located on the desktop. Select "Tools" located on the menu at the top of the browser. This will prompt a drop-down menu. Select "Options" from the drop-down menu.

Step 2

Choose the "Privacy" icon from the options display window. Scroll down to locate the "Privacy Data" section. Select the "Settings" button to open the Clear Private Data window.

Step 3

Make sure that the "Cookies" and "Save Passwords" boxes are not checked. Click "OK" to close the Clear Private Data window and click "Clear private data now." Close the options windows by clicking "OK." Close the browser and reopen it for changes to take effect.