Clear Web Browser Cache to Speed Up Performance

Clear Web Browser Cache to Speed Up Performance

When you open any website, your web browser stores a piece of information from the opened webpage for future reference. This is called cache and it makes your website navigation easier and faster. It helps you in loading your required webpage quickly because instead of reloading entire webpage it opens previously stored cached file on the webpage.

It is really useful process in case you need to open specific pages frequently. However, some times it slows down performance of computer speed and delivers you with the stale information. Therefore you need to clear your web browser cache timely in order to get relevant up to date information.

In fact clearing web browser cache will surely speed up web browser performance. Now you need to understand steps to clear cache in different web browser such as Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 7, Firefox, and Safari.

Instructions for IE 8

  • Go to Tools> Internet Options> General and select, “Delete Browsing History” option
  • Select “Temporary Internet Files” and “History
  • Click on “Delete” button 

Instructions for IE 7

  • Navigate to Tools> Internet Options> General
  • Now delete Browsing History and Temporary Internet Files
  • Press Close> OK button 

Instructions for Firefox (Windows)

  • Navigate to Tools>Clear Recent History
  • Select Everything from Time Range to Clear drop down list
  • Select all buttons and click on “Clear Now” button. 

Instructions for Safari (Mac OS / Mac OS X)

  • Navigate to Safari>Empty Cache option
  • Click on “Empty” option on prompted window 

Instructions for Firefox (Mac OS / Mac OS X)

  • Navigate to Tools>Clear Recent History
  • Select Everything on prompted window as time range and choose all options
  • Click “Clear Now” option to remove stored cache
  • Finally, you are done. 

These all categorized steps allows you to remove all stored cached from your web browser

Fix The Error Related To Full Browser Cache In Gmail

How To Fix The Error Related To Full Browser Cache In Gmail

Gmail users must be familiar with the error message that appears occasionally while logging into their Gmail webmail interface. The error message which is prominently displayed over the mailbox warns the user that the browser cache is fully filled and is likely to interfere while he/she is using the Gmail Webmail.

To get rid of this message, Gmail presents you with two links, “Fix This” and “Hide”. The link “Fix This” directs you to the “Gmail Help Center” and the other link “Hide” makes the warning disappear temporarily. The warning however appears again the next time you sign in to your Gmail account.

According to Google, the solution to this problem is to clear your web Browser’s cache (In internet Explorer, it would be Temporary Internet Files). But sometimes, you may need to clear the cache several times and restart the PC to totally resolve the issue.

Incase of Internet Explorer 6 and 7, users tend to come across this Browser Cache full issue time and again even if they try to delete the cache (i.e. Temporary Internet Files) several times. The error message keeps displaying every time the user reloads his/her Gmail webmail interface.

Web Browser’s cache is used by Gmail to prefetch the contents of the mails including the attachments, especially on Gmail’s AJAX-intensive view. There are a number of different solutions that are believed to resolve the issue, but they work for a few users while do not work for others.

Below mentioned are the potential solutions to resolve the cache issue with Gmail. Try out these solutions and see which one suits you to ensure the best mailing experience with Gmail always.

Solution 1: Set your Browser to Automatically Check for Latest Versions of the Pages Stored

In Internet Explorer, set the option for checking if newer versions exist for the stored pages as “Automatically”. Other alternatives available are to check each time a user visits the webpage or each time the user starts IE.

Solution 2: Reset Temporary Internet Files (or cache) in Internet Explorer

  • Create a folder (a temporary one) at any location as per your preference (For e.g. C:\TempCache).
  • Open Internet Explorer and go to “Tools”. Click on the option “Internet Options” from the tools menu.
  • Within the tab “General”, under the section “Temporary Internet Files” (incase of IE6) or “Browsing History” (incase of IE7), click on “Settings” button. Click on the button “Move Folder” under the section “ Temp Internet Files Folder” and in the “Browse For Folder” dialog box, choose the temporary folder that you had created earlier (C:\TempCache).
  • Click on “OK” to finish. Log off your PC and log on again if you are prompted to do so and close all the dialog boxes.
  • Go to “My computer” or “Windows Explorer and delete the existing folder “Temporary Internet Files” and create new folder at the same location and give it the same name.

The folder is normally found at the location “%systemdrive%:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files” incase of Windows XP and at “C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files” incase of Windows Vista.

  • Repeat the above mentioned steps again and go to “Move Folder” under the section “Temp Internet Files Folder”. From the “Browse For Folder” dialog box, choose the newly created folder “Temporary Internet Files“which is also original but empty.

Solution 3: Access Gmail on a HTTPS Secure Connection

The Browser cache issue is mostly encountered if you try to access your Gmail account on a HTTP connection that is non-secure, i.e. using the addess http://mail.google.com/. It is noticed that the cache error does not show while accessing Gmail through a secure (HTTPS) connection i.e. via the address https://mail.google.com/.

Apart from resolving this browser cache issue, HTTPS URL offers encryption, which takes care of the security and safety of your emails. Therefore it is recommended that you access your Gmail account using HTTPS URL.

Download Videos From Browser’s Cache To Your PC Using VideoCacheView

Store Downloaded Videos From Browser’s Cache To Your PC Using VideoCacheView

Many times it so happens that after watching a video online, you like it so much that you wish to save it to your computer so as to view it again in the future. But there are many websites that do not allow visitors to download videos. However, you may now download videos from whichever website you wish by using VideoCacheView, an all-in-one video downloader utility.

The moment you view a video online on any website, the video automatically gets downloaded on your system and remains stored in browser’s cache. VideoCacheView just extracts the videos stored in the cache of the browser and saves them to your PC.

 

It has ability to automatically scan the total cache of browsers such as Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer and locate all video files which are cached. VideoCacheView also allows you to copy these cached video files to another location of your choice for watching them anytime in future.

If you have a movie player such as VLC media player installed on your PC, you may even play the videos directly from the web browser’s cache. This utility can be easily downloaded from the internet free of cost.

Moving The Mozilla Firefox Disk Cache In To Another Drive

Moving The Mozilla Firefox Disk Cache In To Another Drive

Mozilla Firefox automatically assigns 50MB for disk cache and saves this in “cache” directory, by default which is located in the drive in which the browser has been installed by default. The users can have a look at the cache directory in that location by just typing ‘config’ in address bar of Firefox. The mechanism of disk cache is to improve the time which takes for reading or writing into a hard disk.

The execution will be more evident if Firefox installation is on disk of Solid State, which is not desirable for any write operation. That disk is quite fast in reading but little bit slower in writing section.

So, it is good if we move the disk cache from Firefox into separate drives for getting better performances and for security purpose.

The location where cache is stored can be altered by bringing the “browser.cache.disk.parent_directory” and then entering folder path. For doing it, type about: config within Firefox address bar. Then right click on your mouse; from the menu select New String.

Just type in, browser.cache.disk.parent_directory in the dialog box. Also type the cache location’s new path, for example d:\temp. After this is specified, then a new directory known as “Cache” will automatically be created where you have set the path.

Refresh Firefox Webpage Without Clearing Cache

Refresh Firefox Webpage Without Clearing Cache

Two simple tips regarding Mozilla’s Firefox which I would share –

  • Reload the webpage before clearing cache
  • Disabling automatic file scanning system after file download which tend to make web browsing much pleasurable experience than before

Reloading web page before clearing cache

Sometimes, you may go through the webpage content that doesn’t change after clicking the refresh button. The reason behind this may be due to the effort of the browser to retrieve data which are kept in cache rather than getting from server.

Rather you don’t have to close all web browsers which are opened neither re-launch it, nor have to clear the cache; actually you can actually avoid checking from cache. You simply press CTRL + F5; Mozilla Firefox will send a request to the data from the server directly.

Disabling automatic file scanning following file download

After downloading a file, Web Browser will scan that file automatically after the file downloading is completed. This characteristic is good in order to defend your PC from the attacks of virus, but if your PC is provided with an up-to-date anti-virus which is installed there, you will save time and will get the download faster.

To the sibal file scanning, you have to type: config in the address bar after that press enter. On the filter bar, you just type browser.download.manager.scan. After doing it, you can check the Boolean value which is set as true (default). To change this value into false, just click two times on that value.