Cleaning up the cache, cookies & removing extensions from the Google Chrome web browser can have a dramatic effect on your Internet speeds. Allowing you to browse websites quicker and easier, with fewer interruptions and crashes.
Over time, the cache gets filled with older versions of web pages, cookies & other website data. Clearing the cache can help speed up your browsing and reduce crashes.
Extensions that are no longer used, not being updated, or just downright dodgy, also have an impact on Chrome.
If you find that your web pages seem to be loading more slowly, sites crash more often, or your Internet browsing just isn’t as snappy as it was, then it could be time to clean up Chrome.
Remove Extensions From Chrome
Extensions are small programs that are attached or installed onto Chrome, or any browser for that matter, to allow it to do something extra. Something the browser wouldn’t normally be able to do.
The problem is that Extensions really do slow down your browsing. They’re running all the time that you’re on the Internet, whether you’re using them or not. The fewer extensions you’ve got installed on Chrome the better.
So our first job is to remove all the extensions.
There is one exception.
If you’re using a Password Manager to keep your passwords for you. Most likely, it’ll have installed an extension into Chrome.
Leave it be.
Removing a Password Manager extension is way more trouble than it’s worth. You risk getting locked out of your websites and accounts.
Common Password Managers are – LastPass, 1Password, Dashlane, Keeper, and RoboForm, though there are many others.
If you’re not sure, then you’re probably not using one.
To remove the Extensions from Google Chrome, click the 3 vertical dots in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
On the menu that opens, move your pointer onto MORE TOOLS.
A second menu will fly out.
On the menu, click EXTENSIONS.
You’ll see a list of all the extensions that have been added to Chrome.
These extensions can really slow down your Internet, so we need to get rid of them.
Each extension has a REMOVE button. Click the REMOVE button for each extension in turn.
Remembering to leave your Password Manager if you’re using one.
As you remove the extensions, some will open a tab and present you with a survey to fill in.
Don’t do it.
While some surveys are genuine, many aren’t.
They’re there to harvest your data. Collect information about you.
Just close the tab and continue removing extensions.
You might want, need, or use some of the extensions. And you might think you should just delete the ones you don’t use. And that’s OK, it’s not a bad idea.
But what I’d say is to remove them for now, you can always get the ones you want back later.
Clearing Chrome’s Cache.
The next thing to tackle is Chrome’s cache.
Like most browsers, Chrome stores downloaded web pages in a folder called the cache. All sorts of data gets stored in the cache and over time it can become too large and unmanageable, causing a slow down in your web browsing.
Clearing out the cache can really improve the speed at which websites load into your browser.
Cookies are also stored here, so if you were wondering how to clear them, this is it.
A note to the wise.
Clearing the cache will probably log you out of most websites and online accounts that you have.
Which means you’ll have to sign back into Facebook, eBay, Amazon, Twitter your E-Mail, etc.
On these sites, when you clicked “Remember Me”, or words to that effect, a special cookie was set into Chrome. That cookie then identifies you when you return to the site, saving you from having to log in.
Clearing the cache will clear out all these cookies, so you’ll have to sign in again.
So be sure you know your login details, especially for your E-Mail.
To clear the cache in Chrome, click the 3 vertical dots in the top right corner again.
Then click SETTINGS on the menu.
On the Settings page, scroll down until you reach the PRIVACY AND SECURITY section.
Click on CLEAR BROWSING DATA.
The Clear Browsing Data window will open.
Across the top, you’ll see 2 tabs. Click the ADVANCED tab.
Just below the tabs, you’ll see the Time Range setting.
Click the drop-down box and then click ALL TIME on the menu.
Now scroll down the list and put a tick into every entry except for the Passwords entry.
We want to clear every scrap of data that Chrome is storing, but we don’t want to get locked out of our online accounts.
So if Chrome is storing your passwords, we’ll leave those alone (unticked).
Once you’ve all the boxes, except the Passwords box, click the CLEAR DATA button in the lower right-hand corner.
You’ll see a confirmation box appear, click OK. And that’s it, you’ve successfully cleared Chrome’s cache.
Generally, Chrome does a good job of keeping itself updated. But if you’re experiencing a slow down in your Internet browsing, then it’s worth quickly checking that you’ve got the latest version of Chrome.
To check that Chrome is up to date, click ABOUT CHROME on the left-hand side of the page.
The next page will tell you if you’re using the latest version of Chrome.
If you’ve got an older version of Chrome, You’ll see it updating itself.
This happens automatically, you don’t have to click on anything here.
Usually, after an update, Chrome will need to restart.
Click the RELAUNCH button and Chrome will close and then re-open after a few moments.
In normal use, the cache in Chrome should pretty much look after itself. It really doesn’t need clearing very often.
Unless you’re experiencing problems, or maybe you just want to clear out your cookies, then I’d suggest you only clean the cache once or twice a year.
Keeping on top of any extensions added to Chrome is far more important. It’s way too easy to get carried away installing extensions.
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