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Old 16. Oct 2014, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does it help to speed up the laptop if the cache is deleted regularly? How often should it be done? I have forgotten how to do it!

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Old 16. Oct 2014, 08:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does it help to speed up the laptop if the cache is deleted regularly? How often should it be done? I have forgotten how to do it!

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Cleaning the cache helps the machine optimised. How regularly you clean it depends on your system resources and how much/often you hammer your machine
Some people clean their cache every time they shut down their machine but i find once or twice a week is enough.
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Old 16. Oct 2014, 10:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I assume it's the browser cache you are referring to. Caching can actually help speed up the loading of web pages. If, for example, you visit Gizmo's Freeware regularly but you clean your browser's cache every time you closed the browser then the browser will have to reload all components of the web page (like the banner you see at the top of this page) when you visit again. On the other hand, if certain elements are already in the cache then the web page will load faster since it doesn't have to download these elements again.

As your browser's cache fills up older data is discarded and replaced with newer data. Also, as far as I'm aware, all major browser like Firefox and IE provide a way for you to change the size of the cache from its default setting.

This is a good article that can help you to understand what the browser cache is, however, I would ignore the part on cleaning the individual browsers. As garth suggested, you can use CCleaner (at it's default settings) and it will clear the cache of any browsers you use. CCleaner is a very good program for cleaning up temporary files, however, I would advise you stay away from its registry cleaning component.

Personally, I use to clear my cache once or twice a week but I now do it maybe once a month without any noticeable degradation in browsing or performance.
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......however, I would advise you stay away from its registry cleaning component.
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Thanks to both of you for very comprehensive information. What is the C Cleaner used for, other than to clear the cache? Is it useful in speeding up the computer? Do they not bundle things or send unwanted files or compromise your computer in any way?

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CCleaner is mainly used to clean different amount of junk that keep building on the computer, like temporary files, cache, from browsers and other applications.

CCleaner has been around for years, and is quite reputed. It is also considered quite safe to use, in the sense that it won't delete anything from the system which should not be deleted.

Homepage is here:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

You can download the slim version from here, which does not come with adware. Or, you can also use the portable version.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds

As already stated, please don't use its registry cleaning component.

As such, there is no magic software which will make the computer faster, or speed it up. Only thing is, software like CCleaner can help clean up the junk which keeps building, and often it's of no use. In systems, where this junk hasn't been cleaned up, it can amount to lots of MBs, or even GBs. CCleaner helps clean that up. Using it at its default settings should be enough. However, I uncheck "Memory dumps", "Chkdsk file fragments", and "Windows Log Files" under System, as these files can sometimes be helpful in diagnostics, specially the memory dump files which are generated in case of BSODs.

Different people have different frequency of cleaning cache, history, etc. I normally run CCleaner at the end of the day when I shut down my computer.
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Does it help to speed up the laptop if the cache is deleted regularly? How often should it be done? I have forgotten how to do it!
You don't say what sort of slow down you have so more detail would be helpful. Is it slow to startup and shutdown? Do all your programs seem to be running more slowly or is it just one program in particular?

Typically, slow down is not due to caching which almost always provides a performance benefit. Emptying a cache means that it will have to fill up again but you will have saved some space.
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I get Firefox to clear its cache when it shuts down.
That way I can be sure that if there is a problem? with any page I get a fresh copy upon restart.

I also clear all caches on shut down of my OS so all programs are refreshed on re-boot.
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You can download the slim version from here, which does not come with adware. Or, you can also use the portable version.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/builds.[/QUOTE]

Is the portable version also free of adware, like the slim version. Do both of these perform the same way>

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You don't say what sort of slow down you have so more detail would be helpful.
Yes I do have a problem. I am trying to sort it out. Will get back here with details in a couple of days.

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Is the portable version also free of adware, like the slim version. Do both of these perform the same way
Yes, the portable version is also free of any adware.

A portable version of a software is one which does not need to be installed. Means, you can just unzip the contents in a folder, and simply run the program from there. So, there is no installation or uninstallation. That also means that you can easily take the program on a pen drive and run it from that pen drive on a different computer, without having to install it on that computer. And when you have to delete the program, just delete that folder, that's it.

A portable version performs in the same way as the other two versions.
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