Clearing Windows Cache: The Simplest Ways
Probably many users have come across the notion of cache or caching. True, not everyone clearly understands what it is and why regular cache cleaning is required. Now we will try to consider this question.
What is application and browser cache?
Let's start with the main thing - understanding what the cache is. In simple terms, it is something like an intermediate buffer in which the most frequently used program launch data or elements of frequently visited web pages on the Internet are stored.
This approach is very convenient in that, for example, when re-entering a resource on the Internet, page elements do not need to be downloaded again from the network. Simply extract the necessary files from the cache. This allows you to significantly save traffic, and also increases the speed of loading pages themselves.
In a sense, the cache can be compared with the clipboard. Only in the clipboard data is pushed out after getting new information in it (or after shutting down or rebooting the system), and the cache files with the same reboot do not disappear anywhere.
Why do I need to clear the cache on my computer?
However, it is worth considering the situation that the files in the cache are also replaced with new data, when the system determines that such and such elements have not been used for a long time. On the other hand, if the user had not visited a page for a long time (at least a couple of days), it could have changed (for example, news sites). The browser will attempt to use old cache files until it detects current changes to the resource.
In addition, when storing a large amount of data in the cache, rewriting files will be slower, because the browser will begin to compare the current file with the new one. In addition, if Windows cache cleanup has not been applied for a long time, the threat of infection of the system with viruses is not excluded.
Clearing the cache in Internet browsers
As for Internet browsers, each of them has its own care products. Probably, many Internet surfers noticed that in the browser you can completely delete the history, clean the cookies, delete the internet internet files, etc.
For those who use the standard Windows Internet Explorer browser, the cache is cleared from the "Browser Properties" menu.Here on the “General” tab there is a special “Delete” button, the click of which leads the user to a special window, where the checkboxes mark the elements to be deleted.
It is advisable to delete everything except the data of selected pages and passwords (you never know what can happen). In addition, you can put a tick in front of the item “Delete browser log on exit” on the main tab if the user does not want his browsing history on the Internet to be available to someone else.
There is another side to the coin. After the “native” program for clearing the cache deletes all data, the browser itself will start faster, because the startup process initially scans the files that are in the cache.
Clearing the cache in any other browser is done in almost the same way. Only the menus and commands can differ. In general, the principle remains the same. The main thing is to find the menus themselves that are responsible for such actions.
Using Optimizer Software
In order not to delve into the settings of browsers or some specific applications, you can do much easier by adopting the use of utilities to optimize Windows systems.Today they can be counted not even hundreds, but thousands.
Among the most advanced programs, you can highlight applications such as CCleaner, Advanced System Care, Glary Utilities, Ashampoo WinOptimizer, Free Spacer, DiscCleaner and many others. As a rule, all optimizers have at their disposal cleaning modules for all components left on the computer as a result of Internet surfing. What is most interesting is that you do not need to launch these modules manually, since they are usually included in the default optimization list.
Simply run the scan process for the entire system, cache files will be found and deleted automatically. If the delete cache clear option is not enabled, in some cases it needs to be activated (enabled) manually.
As you can see from the above, clearing the cache is not that difficult. Anyone who understands the settings of the browser used can clear the cache directly in it with built-in tools. But those who do not want to dig in the settings are ideal for simple tools.
However, in what way will the cache be cleared on the computer, each user is free to choose himself.We can say that both methods are good. The truth is it is better to give preference to professional utilities, since they are capable of deleting undelete temporary files, usually located in the Temp folder. But indeed, it is not possible to delete some files of this type even manually. The system writes that the file is busy or used by another application, although in fact the same browser is disabled. So decide for yourself.