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    Should the cache be emptied in Firefox? I found the folder in firefox profiles.
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    A search of clearing the FF cache shows many sites. Most suggest that clearing the cache is a good thing and several show the method to clear everything. The timing of this clearing is entirely a personal thing. I tend to set FF to open in a private browsing session each time I open FF. I do not want any chance of my browsing history to be seen. Also I my experience it does not help load pages faster with all those cookies stay in my system and there is evidence that this clearing does prevent problems with this history, so good-bye.
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    Here's a FREE & nice little program called Ccleaner.I've been running this on windows 64bit Ultimate ever since I first installed the os no problems.This program not only clears your cache,it also clears your flash cookies.You can read more about here;Ccleaner.Enjoy
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    I also use CCleaner. As stated it does clean the browser cache and so much more (temp files, orphaned registry entries, etc) It generally gets very good reviews from those that do clean their systems using this type of app. It also has an uninstaller as a part of the app.
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    Recently I found difficulty moving from one Gmail account to another. A window appeared and, amongst other things, suggested I cleared FF cache. I did so using CCleaner and the problem was solved. I had no understanding why had been necessary but it worked and that was good enough. Now an explanation has been given here so thank you guys.

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    I also use CCleaner and find it has no effect on the speed of Firefox, whatever version. I also use Powertools Lite and Glary Utilities to clean up the computer, almost daily. All three are free and clean up slightly different things, which is shown by running one after the other. None has caused the computer to crash.

    Also, I have found Google's Chrome to be much faster than Firefox, which is very slow on some sites. I use Chrome as the default browser in preference to Firefox.

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    I think this all boils down to leaving a lot of stuff in your cache can eventually start causing problems and slow downs, no matter what browser you use. Also getting the same functionality in all browsers will cause them to load similarly time wise.
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    I agree about deleting the cache. Automating the process, whether through CCleaner or Firefox itself, is fine in my experience.

    The only word of caution I'd mention is that some sites, typically online banking and others that favor high security methods, will ask you to authenticate your computer every time you login after cookies are cleared. The process varies, but typically involves logging in, being told to click a button to activate the computer, then either logging into your email account to click a link or retrieving a code in a text message and typing it in, in order to finally login.

    Imo, it's still worth clearing cookies despite the extra 30 seconds to a minute. Just for the extra peace of mind to make it that much more difficult for the occasional malware that might get through your security to find your private information.

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    Does clearing the cache erase any saved password information? I know clearing the cache is a "good thing", but it seems whenever I do, I have to re-enter passwords for each of my favorite websites, so I tend to avoid clearing the cache.

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    You can set Firefox to clear everything automatically when you exit. CCleaner also will clear and will also eliminate a lot of other stuff that accumulates. On passwords, it's a matter of choice, but I prefer not having my browsers or other programs store passwords. I use Roboform, although there are several other programs out there as well. It has a free as well as a paid version depending on how many passwords you have. Using one of these programs also makes it easier to sync between computers if you have multiple machines. One master password for the program is easier to remember than multiple passwords for every site. The program will then automatically fill in log in information. Having a bank certify your computer is, imho, a small price to pay (and does remind you of the security aspect in case you tend to forget and try to access your account in a public spot).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Goodwin View Post
    Does clearing the cache erase any saved password information? I know clearing the cache is a "good thing", but it seems whenever I do, I have to re-enter passwords for each of my favorite websites, so I tend to avoid clearing the cache.
    Use a password program such as Last Pass to remember all you info. This is a very high rated (in these forums and elsewhere) password manager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    Use a password program such as Last Pass to remember all you info. This is a very high rated (in these forums and elsewhere) password manager.
    Thank you for the suggestion, but please explain what the program has to do with my question?
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    Quote Originally Posted by notoscar View Post
    You can set Firefox to clear everything automatically when you exit. CCleaner also will clear and will also eliminate a lot of other stuff that accumulates. On passwords, it's a matter of choice, but I prefer not having my browsers or other programs store passwords. I use Roboform, although there are several other programs out there as well. It has a free as well as a paid version depending on how many passwords you have. Using one of these programs also makes it easier to sync between computers if you have multiple machines. One master password for the program is easier to remember than multiple passwords for every site. The program will then automatically fill in log in information. Having a bank certify your computer is, imho, a small price to pay (and does remind you of the security aspect in case you tend to forget and try to access your account in a public spot).
    Please give me the directions of how to set Firefox to clear the cache. I don't use CCleaner because I use a program that in my estimation is much better. I have use RoboForm Pro for years and I wouldn't do without it.

    Thank you, and awaiting your instructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    A search of clearing the FF cache shows many sites. Most suggest that clearing the cache is a good thing and several show the method to clear everything. The timing of this clearing is entirely a personal thing. I tend to set FF to open in a private browsing session each time I open FF. I do not want any chance of my browsing history to be seen. Also I my experience it does not help load pages faster with all those cookies stay in my system and there is evidence that this clearing does prevent problems with this history, so good-bye.
    Thanks Ted for the links. I've decided to empty the Temporary Internet Files folder, saving the cookies for web pages that I've asked to Remember Me.

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    Gloria,

    In Firefox 3.6.3:

    Tools, Options, Privacy, check "Clear history when Firefox closes". Before clicking "OK", click "Settings" in that window.
    Now you'll see "When I quit Firefox, it should automatically clear all:" Check the items you want cleared; you'll see "Cache" is one of the options. Then "OK" your way out and restart Firefox.

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