Maintenance time! #BrowserEdition

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Dear ladies... and lads,

The time has come for you to do your monthly maintenance. Nooooo, I don't mean that maintenance, I mean..

It's time to clean the junk out of your trunk. In translation, it's time to start cleaning your PC/laptop. Don't tell me you've never done it before!

Okay, if we assume, you haven't done it before, allow me to present you how to do it. It is very simple and you don't have to be a "techie" or a "hacker" to give your precious baby a nice, clean 'bath' every once in a while.

Cleaning your browser!

Trust me, you are not aware of junk quantity on the web these days. You are using your browser daily, for several hours, jumping from dozens of pages to another dozen. Somewhere on your PC, all of these small data is stored for the future use - but you don't need them really. So, here's how to clean up your browser in few small steps.

First I will cover Chrome browser, then Firefox and lastly Microsoft Edge (Internet Explorer).

Chrome
Step 1 - Find your settings :)


Clicking on three dots right next to your address bar will open the following menu:


Step 2
In the following menu, click on Settings, and then scroll to the bottom and click on the last option "Show advanced settings.."
Look for Privacy section where you will have two buttons. Don't worry we'll use both of them, one step at the time. First click on "Clear browsing data.."


Choose the period from which you want to delete browsing data, for better performance choose: "The last 4 weeks", tick the checkboxes as below if already aren't ticked and click on "Clear browsing data".


You are now back at the basic Privacy settings - now click on Content settings. You can see that the first option is recommended, however, if you don't want your data to be stored all the time choose the second option. For web pages that you visit often you can click on "Manage exceptions.." button below and enter web addresses that you visit often (example: facebook.com).


Okay there you go, you settled Chrome, let's move on to Firefox now:
Again, step 1 - finding your settings:


Click on the three lines that represent a menu icon, once clicked you should have this:


Next thing you want to do, is click on options as presented in the picture above. Once clicked, a whole new page will open, and on the left side you will see the main menu for navigating between your sections, click on Privacy as shown below:


Now, since I use Firefox all the time, I keep my browsing and download history, as well as search and form history remembered, but you don't have to, nothing bad will happen - you can untick those boxes if you want to. Make sure that the option "Accept third-party cookies" is set to From visited, and for better performance in the menu below choose the option "I close Firefox".
Let's now move on to the next part, on the left side of your window click on the Advanced tab:



Here you can see I have 350 MB of cached content from the web that is most likely completely irrelevant. Click on the button "Clear now" right next to it.

We are done with Firefox, moving to the last for today - Internet Explorer (Edge)

Your settings are riiiight here:

When you click on it, you should see the following:


Click on Settings and in the same menu will appear the settings you can edit immediately. First you scroll to the bottom of the menu and find the option "View advanced settings" and click on it (see below image):


Once you click on the button, yet another menu will replace, the current one, again, you should scroll to the bottom of the menu to find Cookies section. If you choose the option "Block all cookies", every time you visit a page, you will have to allow cookies (usually in the footer or header of the page).


Also, make sure the option "Use page prediction to speed up browsing..." is ON, as that would definitely improve your browsing experience. Once you're done with these settings go back (see below image) with the back option:


You are once again, back on the first menu page, click on the button "Choose what to clear" (see below image):


Tick the first three, or the first four, depending on your preference, and click the button "Clear". If you want it to be cleared every time you close your browser, make sure you turn ON that option, just below the button.


Here you go, few advice for your browser optimization, to start a fresh, new and clean 2017.!

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

Let me know if this post was helpful for you or do you have some other maintenance advice that you use for your browser. :)


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RUSS
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7. siječnja 2017. u 21:43 delete

I do my periodic clean-ups. Even if I do this on a regular basis, the clean-up never fails to surprise me at how much extra space I get there.

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8. siječnja 2017. u 00:43 delete

There are nice to know things for all epecially for bloggers like us. I can't actually remember when was the time that I got to clean my browser and all. haha hanks for the tips!

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8. siječnja 2017. u 06:01 delete

Hah! I always do these every now and then. Like everyday. Because sometimes, it's one of the reason why my lappy loads slow. ANyway, I learned something new from this post. Thanks!

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Fred Hawson
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9. siječnja 2017. u 02:34 delete

Thank you thank you for this instructional post. I have been wondering what is the best way to clean out my browser for this new year, and here comes your article. Will be studying this definitely.

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Roastah Doe
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9. siječnja 2017. u 02:43 delete

I know right? It's like a gift from your PC to you - "here's some space for your to work with" :D

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Roastah Doe
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9. siječnja 2017. u 02:44 delete

Wow! How about you give yourself a reminder on the 1st of every month to clean it up? :D

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Roastah Doe
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9. siječnja 2017. u 02:45 delete

Very smart, glad to hear that! I will be doing more Maintenance time, make sure you check them out :)

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Roastah Doe
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9. siječnja 2017. u 02:46 delete

More than happy to read your comment - I will be doing more of this through time, make sure you read them as well! :)

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Franc
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9. siječnja 2017. u 02:53 delete

I always clear my browser data. It slows down when you start accumulating so many activities.

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Roastah Doe
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9. siječnja 2017. u 12:10 delete

Fully agreed! Not only that but the background processes as well, but that's a whole other story..

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Food Lover
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12. siječnja 2017. u 10:04 delete

I actually followed your instructions for Chrome and cleared my browsing history. Thanks! :) - Dae Nerys (momtraneur.com)

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