What is a Web Cache and Should I Delete it?

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years, 2 months ago)

Although there are several types of caches that can be referred to on a computer, a web cache specifically refers to the mechanism which saves and stores Temporary Internet Files on your computer. These temporary internet files archive content from websites visited by the user. In this way, web cache files allow a web browser to open sites more quickly when the user chooses to visit them again.

In order for files in the web cache to be easily accessible despite internet speeds, the temporary internet files must be stored on the computer. Since the cached files take up actual space on a hard drive, it can sometimes be the case that a large enough cache could slow down a computer because it is taking up too much space. For this reason it is a good idea to delete temporary internet files if you have never done so before.

Deleting a web cache

If you are using Internet Explorer to browse the internet, it is very simple to clear your web cache. Access the Tools menu by clicking the icon in the top right corner of your browser; it should be shaped like a small cog. Alternatively, you may access the Tools menu by using the keyboard shortcut “ALT+X”. Once this is done, select “Internet Options” from the menu which should appear and make sure you are in the “General” tab. Under “Browsing History” click the Delete button, and select the options you wish to delete, you may choose to delete temporary internet files, but keep passwords and other data. Once you have selected the cache files to delete click  the delete button once more.

If you use the internet very frequently, it is a good idea to repeat this process every now and again to ensure that you are not losing too much disk space to cached files.

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