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How to Clear Cache & Cookies in Chrome and Firefox?

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To make your device speed and secure, you need to clear the junk files in your system. Of course, computer performance depends on various factors. Among all those, clearing cache is one of the effective things.

Today, I will show you how to clear cache and cookies in chrome and other browsers. Here I mentioned Chrome browser because it is one of the best browsers that most of us prefer to use.

Just like browsers, the Windows 10 Operating System also has various areas to store cache data. And here you can find how to clear cache in Windows 10.

Clear cache & cookies in Chrome browser

Chrome browser is giving the best user experience. No doubt about that. But, to provide the best User Experience (UX), Chrome will save most of your information like username, login autofill, password saving, etc.

There is nothing wrong with saving your information by Chrome or Google. In fact, I like the Chrome browser in the first place because it helps me to save time by auto-filling passwords, usernames, addresses, etc.

If you are using a Gmail account, you can see the complete potential of Chrome. Here you can find how to create a new Gmail account. And why Google needs this account from a user.

Follow these step-by-step processes to clear cache and cookies in Chrome.

  • 1. Open Chrome browser
  • 2,3. Select menu and open settings
  • 4,5. Under privacy and security, click to clear cache and cookies
  • Select the Browsing history within a time range
  • Utilize the advanced options
  • One step more to clear

  1. Open Chrome browser. If you are reading this on Chrome browser on your PC, just open another tab.
  2. Click on Menu or Customize and control Google chrome.
  3. Select Settings from the listed options
  4. Swipe down to see the ‘Privacy and Security‘ section. Here you can find an option called Clear browsing data. Select it.
  5. Then the mini tab will display. Under ‘Basic‘ you’ll find these options.
    1. Time Range – Select the time range that you want to take action (It is from an hour to all-time)
    2. Browsing History – Select this option if you want to clear browsing history from all the devices that your mail-id was logged in. You can also find your browsing history on Google activity.
    3. Cookies and other site data – This is what we are looking for. Be sure to click on this to clear cookies on your Chrome browser.
      1. When you choose this option, you may sign out of some websites or more, it depends on the type of site.
      2. However, your Google account on the browser will stay sign in but synced data will get cleared. For example, if you sign up for a website using a Google account, you’ll no longer sign in on it after choosing this option. You can do it again manually.
    4. Cached images and files – All the cached data will get erased with this option. It makes your PC slow when you visit websites. But next time, the PC needs more internet data to record these cached files again.

Clear browsing history with advanced settings in Chrome browser

Don’t press the ‘Clear data‘ button until you see the Advanced settings.

6. Advanced settings to clear browsing data

A. Time Range – Select from an hour to all time

B. Browsing history, Cookies, and Cached data are the same in the basic and advanced settings. You can select or unselect based on requirements.

C. Download history – Opt-in to remove your download history

D. Passwords and other Sign-in data – If you don’t want your Chrome browser to save your passwords, then click on this option.

E. Autofill form data – When you are filing a form with username, location, phone number, Chrome will autofill this information to save your time. If you don’t want it, select to remove it.

F. Site settings – Remove all the specific site settings that you’ve made.

G. Hosted app data – Remove the selected apps from the app section.

7. After you make all the necessary changes, click on ‘Clear data.’

8. A warning pop-up message “The selected information will remove from Chrome and synced devices. The other forms of information are available at Google My activity.” If you are ok with this, then click on ‘Ok, got it.’

That’s all. You’ve successfully cleared cache and cookies in the Chrome browser.

If you don’t want to clear the browsing history on your account but just want to remove the browsing record on a particular device, then you can just sign out from the device and your data will no longer exist on the device until you log in.

Note: Windows security in Windows 10 Operating System is enough to protect your device from online threats like a Ransomware attack. If you want high-level security, software like McAfee, Avast, etc, might help you.

Steps to remove cache in Firefox browser

The Firefox browser is another thing that stands on the list of best browsers. It is fast, user-friendly, and with clean interface.

When I’m writing this article, the Firefox browser got an update. By default, the auto-updates are activated in it. So the new version was installed.

Make sure to check these options to auto-download the latest updates on your Firefox browser.

If you don’t want auto-updates and want to give manual commands to download and install updates, then select ‘Check for updates but let you choose to install them.’

Firefox auto-update settings. These settings are by default in Firefox
Firefox auto-update settings

I don’t get into the information about what Firefox brings with this new update. On my PC, I use Chrome as my default browser. So, nothing to get into detail.

I notice with this update that an option called ‘Options‘ on the menu is changed to ‘Settings.’

Coming to the topic, let’s find out how to clear cookies and cache in the Firefox browser.

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  1. Open Firefox browser on your PC. If you are reading this article on your Firefox browser, then just click on a new tab.
  2. Click on the menu icon. The list of options will display.
  3. Among the listed options, click on Settings.
  4. Then the settings page will open. On the top left, you’ll find the menu, select ‘Privacy & Security.’
  5. Then the cookies data will display on your monitor. Under the Cookies and site data, you’ll find an option ‘Clear Data.’ Click on it.
  6. Select ‘Delete Cookies and site data when Firefox is closed‘ if you want to delete cookies data automatically when you close the app. By default, it is not active.
  7. When you click on clear data, you’ll find two options in a pop-up, one is cookies and the other is cached data. You can select any one of them or both based on your interest. My suggestion is to select both to clear cache and cookies in your Firefox browser.
  8. Then tap on the ‘Clear‘ button.
  9. Again the warning pop-up will display. Choose ‘Clear Now‘ in it. Your cookies and cached data will get erased from the device.
  10. But the browsing history still exists on your PC. To remove it, just swipe down on your settings tab to find the History section. Select the address bar settings on your preferences.
  11. Then click on Clear History. The pop-up will appear.
  12. Select the time range that you wish to take the action.
  13. Under history, Opt-in the files that you want to clear. And also the data preferences.
  14. Tap on ‘Ok‘ to clear your recent history on the Firefox browser.

Now you’ve successfully removed cache and cookies on your Firefox browser.

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Conclusion

Hope this information helps you to keep your PC clean and safe.

Which antivirus software you are using on your PC? Windows security, McAfee, AVG, or others, let me know with your comment.

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