How to clear temporary internet files and internet browsing history?

Your PC is like an elephant, never forgetting where you’ve been. Storing your internet history.


Meaning that clearing internet files and browsing history is a good idea. But what does it achieve, and how do you do it? We’ve got the answers.


Why should you clear your internet history?


Sometimes referred to as ‘Browser Hygiene’ clearing your internet history has a whole host of benefits to help make your computer more efficient and run into fewer problems.


When you are surfing the internet day to day, your computer stores certain information so that when you revisit that website it will load quicker. Images, fonts, and other files are stored so the computer can quickly retrieve them and display them, rather than redownloading them each time to revisit a website. This also applies to usernames and passwords, storing them safely within your browser’s files. Essentially, your computer wants to help by storing this information.


However, there is a downside to this. As your computer stores information, it will inevitably become outdated as you change passwords, usernames and email addresses. If you don’t however, you are putting yourself at a security risk.


What benefits do I get when I do clear my history?


Aside from protecting yourself from potential security breaches, there are some benefits that will affect your machine:


You logged into one of your accounts on a public computer

When you are away from home or your office, you could be required to log into your account using a new or public device. Clearing your history and temporary internet files can also log you out of other devices and machines elsewhere. Protecting you if your accounts were ever accessed.

Encountering website bugs

As the internet evolves, constant updates are provided for websites, software, and hardware – to ensure your experience using the internet is a smooth one. If your machine has temporary files from older versions of websites, you could encounter bugs.


Okay, so how do I clear it?


Internet Explorer

To clear the web browser’s cache when using Internet Explorer 8 or above:

  1. At the top of the page, click the Safety menu, then select Delete Browsing History from the list.
  2. Uncheck all boxes.
  3. Check the box for Temporary Internet files.
  4. Click Delete.



To clear the web browser’s cache when using Mozilla Firefox:

  1. At the top of the page, click the Tools menu, then select History from the list.
  2. From the Time range to clear dropdown menu, select Everything.
  3. Click the arrow symbol next to Details to open a list of options.
  4. Uncheck the boxes for Browsing & Download HistoryCookies, and Active Logins.
  5. Ensure that the box for Cache is checked.


Google Chrome

To clear the web browser’s cache when using Google Chrome.

  1. At the top-right of the page, click the Chrome menu icon, then click History.
  2. Click the Clear browsing data button, then select the amount of time (e.g. today, last week, end of time) from the drop-down field.
  3. Select the Cached images and files checkboxes, then click the Clear browsing data button.



To clear the web browser’s cache when using Safari.

  1. At the top of the page, click the Safari > Preferences > Advanced. Select the Show Develop menu in menu bar checkbox (if not already selected).
  2. From the browser menu, click Develop Empty Caches.


Mobile Safari

To clear the web browser’s cache when using Safari on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch:

  1. At the home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Tap Safari.
  3. Tap the button for Clear Cache.
  4. Tap Clear Cache again to confirm.


Chrome for Android

To clear the web browser’s cache when using the default browser on an Android device:

  1. Touch Chrome menu > Settings.
  2. Touch (Advanced) Privacy.
  3. Touch Clear browsing data.


Next steps?

Alternatively, you are free to contact Excellence IT and we can advise on web browsera and internet solutions and how we can work to achieve what your business requires.

If after reading this want to get more information about what systems to use. Then please get in contact with us on 02920 887 362 or send us an email at

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