howtogeek — 2013-08-02T08:00:52-04:00 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166285/myths-does-deleting-the-cache-actually-speed-up-your-pc/
Deleting the cache is definitely something you’ll want to do if you are worried about your privacy. Just keep in mind that deleting the cache will only sorta delete those files — unless you overwrite the free space, you aren’t really deleting anything permanently. All you have to do is run a few utilities, and those deleted files are most likely going to be recovered.
nsdcars5 — 2013-08-02T08:35:06-04:00 — #2
sister runs in crying that Subway Surfers keeps crashing on her Nexus 7
reads the following
geek — 2013-08-02T09:27:47-04:00 — #3
Yeah, deleting the cache often does speed up your device... Just not for the reason many people think. That was the point I was trying to make.
kapela86 — 2013-08-02T10:07:21-04:00 — #4
Deleting Cache doesn't speed up your PC, but it sometimes speeds up your browser when loading pages. I've seen it many times with firefox, large local webcache was the main reason that sites where loading slower that they should be.
Now if you have SSD then it doesn't matter because you won't notice the slowdown (but I recomend disabling/symlinking webcache to HDD)
geek — 2013-08-02T10:24:30-04:00 — #5
I think that's a result of a bad caching algorithm more than anything else. When it takes too long to read things out of the cache, it isn't being stored properly.
amadensor — 2013-08-02T10:39:21-04:00 — #6
If your internet connection is faster than you hard drive, that would be pretty impressive. Not the case anywhere I have lived. Cache is, from what I have seen, good unless corrupt. We do have that problem where I work, though. We use a large ERP system with a web based interface. When people are having trouble and unable to log in, or having their sessions randomly canceled, often a cache wipe helps.
kenny_s — 2013-08-02T20:28:21-04:00 — #7
I have cleaned thousands of computers. Ccleaner is great... If you have never cleaned the pc then use ccleaner once per month. If you are doing research you are not visiting the same sites then the cache is junk and usless. So everything depends on the use scenario and one answer does not fit all.
raphoenix — 2013-08-02T20:32:29-04:00 — #8
I like the PC Cleaners and Speeder Uppers as seen on TV.
nsdcars5 — 2013-08-03T02:40:05-04:00 — #9
I actually believed you for a second. Foolish me.
xhi — 2013-08-03T13:05:00-04:00 — #10
Shirley, you jest.
doctordeere — 2013-08-03T13:09:55-04:00 — #11
So... you're also that one solitary guy in the entire free world who replied to those "perform like a porn star" spam emails?
raphoenix — 2013-08-03T14:27:58-04:00 — #12
I'm just trying to be accepted plus fit in with the gang on the New HTG and forget about the 15,000 knowledgeable posting I made on the Old HTG.
We don't need anymore stuff like this.
nsdcars5 — 2013-08-04T00:45:02-04:00 — #13
Why do you need to forget about that? Brag all you want. And if you haven't been thrown out by geek or Scott_vt I think you're already accepted.
sirraf03 — 2013-08-04T01:53:44-04:00 — #14
Aww. come on guys! You know all you really need on a PC running Windowz is WE and a scan from one of those speeder upper ads! And for $29.95 you can get one of those nifty keyboard vacuums!
doctordeere — 2013-08-04T09:28:22-04:00 — #15
"But WAIT! If you're one of the first fifty callers..."
Where's Billy Mays when you need a good voice-over?
sirraf03 — 2013-08-04T18:47:31-04:00 — #16
And, if you call within the next 15 minutes we'll double the order! That's right! Double!
(You're right, needs the voice)
rch1231 — 2013-08-05T00:30:13-04:00 — #17
I think your article is correct in most respects and especially liked the comments about privacy however it may be a little misleading. It seems to imply to me that unless your cache is using a large amount of space on a system with limited space then cleaning is not required. One of the other issues that can cause problems is that the number of files stored in the cache database. Even though they may be very small files, the number of files can grow to very large quantities if not kept in check. As a systems administrator I often get asked to help with slow computer issues. In my experience I have found people with the number of cached files ranging from 1500 to over 15000 and yet the cache files were still only using a small amount of drive space. Problems come from the time it takes your browser to scan the database to check to see if it has a copy of the file already on hand. For people using older Operating Systems like Windows XP the number of files in a single directory can also effect the operating systems access times.
Personally I think of the cache like the trash can in the bathroom. It does not need to be emptied as often as the one in the kitchen but still needs attention every now and then.