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How to Speed Up Your Web Browser

Your web browser such as Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer use a feature called "caching" to allow web pages you have previously visited to appear faster in your browser. However, over a long period of time, the cache can get quite full and actually slow down your browser. Clearing the cache is one method to try to speed up a slugglish browser.

For Firefox:

At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Tools menu, and select Clear Private Data....   Check mark the data you want to clear, then click on Clear Private Data Now, to clear the data

More about private data:
  • Browsing History: contains a log web locations you have previously visited.
  • Download History: keeps a list of files you've downloaded.
  • Saved Form Information: contains a list of phrases you have entered in text fields, such as web searches, and name and address fields.
  • Cache: stores temporary files, such as web pages and other online media, that you have downloaded from the Internet.
  • Cookies: stores files created by web sites, that store information on your computer, such as your preferences when visiting that site. (When a web site has a "remember this" checkbox, they are using a cookie.)
  • Saved Passwords: contains a list of usernames and passwords you have opted to have Firefox remember.
  • Authenticated Sessions: keeps you logged into secure web sites, you have already used the password manager to log in to.

For Internet Explorer:

Clear your browser cache to retrieve disk space. To clear the temporary files, open Tools | Internet Options. Under the General tab, click on Delete Files to clear the cache.

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