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How to delete cookies and cache in Chrome and other browsers?

1 year ago
João Bruno Soares
5 minutes

Tired of the ads from that site you visited following you around? Is your computer running slow when accessing a particular website? Want to delete all cookies from a specific service or site?

One of the alternatives is to delete Cookies and Cache from your browsers! We'll provide you with step-by-step instructions for each of these options. But before that, to make things clear:

What is cache?

The term cache is basically the storage of frequently used data or processes, which are stored for faster future access, thus saving time and unnecessary use of hardware processing.

This functionality is widely used in various types of devices and software, such as browsers, for example. You know when you first access a website and it takes longer to load than your favorite site that you visit every day?

That's precisely the practical application of cache! Your browser has saved various information and page structures in a reserved environment so that you don't have to download them again on future visits. This makes everything faster, especially for those with weaker internet or weak signals.

What are cookies?

In short, cookies serve the same function as cache in terms of storing information, but in different formats and processes. Many of the services we access daily use cookies for other functionalities such as remembering your browser as a returning client, keeping items you "left in the shopping cart," recording information about your browsing, etc.

In this article, you can find a more in-depth explanation.

In other words, both cookies and cache store information in your computer's or mobile device's memory. As a result, they often overload the storage and slow down the system. That's why various browsers have rules to delete all cookies every three months, for example, or are starting to block third-party cookies to avoid this unnecessary accumulation.

However, sometimes the browser's cleaning cycle is not enough. So learn from AdOpt how to delete your browser's cache and cookies:

How to quickly delete cookies and cache?

Sometimes, when you're experiencing issues with using an online service or accessing a website, the technical team asks you to clear the browser cache.

To get rid of the data stored on your computer when you access a website, you don't need to go to the Google Chrome Preferences. Just use the shortcut below:

On Windows Control + Shift + Del

Command + Shift + Del

After that, simply select the items you want to delete: cache, cookies, history... and DONE!

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Delete Cookies in Chrome

If you're using Google Chrome,

  1. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner to open a configuration menu.
  2. Go to More Tools.
  3. Then click on Clear browsing data. A new window, as shown in the image below, will open, and in it, you just need to choose what you want to clear: - Cookies and other site data - Cached images and files.
  4. After selecting the options, click the "Clear browsing data" button.

Done!

Then click on Clear browsing data. A new window, as shown in the image below, will open, and in it, you just need to choose what you want to clear: - Cookies and other site data - Cached images and files.

After selecting the options, click the "Clear browsing data" button.

Done!

By following these instructions, your computer will be lighter, and your browsing experience will improve. But be prepared because all saved logins and access will also be cleared, requiring you to sign in again and "prove that you are you."

Clearing Cookies in Internet Explorer

If your browser is Internet Explorer, for any version, follow the steps below:

  1. Access the menu on the right Settings (indicated by the gear icon as shown below).
  2. Click on Security > Delete browsing history. (A window will open, showing your browsing history).
  3. By clicking the Delete button, you can delete all the data saved by the **Internet Explorer **browser.

Clearing Cookies in Mozilla Firefox For versions of the **Mozilla Firefox **browser, follow the simple cleaning process below:

  1. Menu Firefox > Preferences.
  2. Choose the Privacy option.
  3. Select the option Clear your recent history: *Here, you can determine the time period to be deleted and the respective details to select.
  4. To finish, simply click Clear Now.
  5. Done! You can now continue browsing peacefully!

Clearing Cookies in Safari

For Safari users, the process to clear cookies is also straightforward.

Click on the Preferences option. Select the Privacy option > Remove all website data. After this click, confirm your decision.

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