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How to Clear Firefox Browser Cookies, Cache, and History & Update Plugins

Updated on January 22, 2015
Update Firefox From "About" information Window.
Update Firefox From "About" information Window.

Clear Cache in Firefox to Run Even Smoother

Scrambled or Garbled Pages in Firefox.

Will Microsoft Windows System Restore Feature Fix This Issue?

Microsoft's system restore, a feature of Windows, will not fix this type of issue because system restore unfortunately "fixes" system files and issues, not applications like Firefox. A system restore may have fixed this issue if it was Internet Explorer since IE is much more integrated with the operating system than add-on browsers like Firefox and Chrome

I'm a heavy user of IE and Chrome, but do use Firefox least often. I keep Firefox installed on all my computers along with Chrome and of course the default IE. As such, I have not extensively worked out Firefox issues, mostly very minor ones. However, I can gladly try to offer some assistance.

I'll assume for now that you have updated Firefox to the latest version. That can be done by clicking Help from the FF menu bar and then clicking About. Once the About window is displayed, there is a "check for updates" button available on the About window. The latest release is 26 (only a few days ago I updated FF to 26 on this particular computer I am on currently) .

The operating system is Windows XP 32 bit or Windows 7, or Windows 8, as these are the most common OS platforms at this time. The OS version usually does not make a difference when the issue is clearing cache, browser History and Cookies. The process is the same. The operating system would make a difference if this was being done manually on a file system level in particular with Microsoft Internet Explorer because the change from XP to Windows 7 and Windows 8 meant user files and application data and files are stored in different locations on different operating systems. Windows 7 and 8 share common locations but both differ from Windows XP.




 
Clear Firefox Browser Cache
Clear Firefox Browser Cache | Source


How to Clear Firefox Browser Cache, Cookies and Delete History

Open or Start Firefox, click "Tools" from the main menu, and then choose "Options" from the drop-down menu that appears.

In the new dialog windows that opens, you will see several icon choices or tabs at the top. Select the "Advanced" icon, then click the "Network" tab. Click the button labeled "Clear Now." This will clear your Firefox browser's cache.





 
Clear Firefox History and Clear Cookies
Clear Firefox History and Clear Cookies | Source

Browser History, Cached pages, and Cookies Accumulate

Next, Clear History and Cookies in Firefox

Click "Tools" from the Firefox menu bar and select from the menu "Options" once again. This time, select the "Privacy" icon from the choices at the top of the dialog window.

Click the link labeled "Clear your recent history" and the also click the link labeled "Remove individual cookies."




Below are link to a short flash video I made that shows the steps (click the link below or copy and paste the URL in your browser to view) .

Click Here for short Video on How to Clear Firefox Cache, Temporary Cached Pages

Once the Browser File Cache is cleared, Close and then restart your browser.

Here is another short flash video that shows the steps (click the link below or copy and paste the URL into your browser):

Click Here for Short Video showing Steps to Clear Firefox Cookies and History

Close and restart your browser again. With some luck, the pages are no longer scrambled.



 

How to Update Firefox Plugins

Keep Firefox running it's best by keeping plugins up to date.

Update Firefox plugin for security and optimal functionality. As with IE or Chrome, keeping installed browser plugins up to date increases stability and functionality. Old plugins puts you at an increased risk for attacks by viruses, malware, and other security threats.

Firefox can check for updates upon startup, but if your like many people, you often leave your computer with a browser window or two running. Checking for updates manually is very easy.

Steps to check for updates to Firefox plugins

From the Firefox menu-bar click on options then add-ons.

A browser tab opens that can display your extensions, add-ons, and plugins. On the left side click on plugins. A list of installed plugin is displayed and their current version and whether they are up to date or not. All plugins can be checked at once by using the link at the top of the page labeled "Check to see if your plugins are up to date" as shown in the screen capture image I have provided. Also, as you can see, all the plugin I have installed are not up to date. I have to keep a lower version of a few plugins for compatibility with some apps.

Update plugins installed in Firefox.  Firefox's updated plugins have improvements that make accessing the web better as in more stable and faster and safer from malware and virus attacks.
Update plugins installed in Firefox. Firefox's updated plugins have improvements that make accessing the web better as in more stable and faster and safer from malware and virus attacks. | Source

Recent Malware Scams look like Real Software Updates

Although auto-update functionality can probably be stopped, it's best to leave auto-updating enabled. It is also very good to know your plugins. Recent malware scams are using what looks to be adobe product updates to get people to install their junk on computers.

I've seen and had to clean some computers whose users had fallen victim to the fake Adobe Flash looking update.

It is recommended that you keep your browser up to date. Keep in mind however that if you use a browser based business app, be careful not to update the browser used for that application without checking first with your IT department if you have one or the software service provider to learn first if what browser versions are supported.


 

Internet Browser Usage Statistic, Chome, IE, Firefox

The Following Table Displays Browser Usage Statistics for 2013

Date
Chrome
IE
Firefox
Safari
Opera
Netscape
2013-01
36.52
30.71
21.42
8.29
1.19
0.02
2013-02
37.09
29.82
21.34
8.6
1.22
0.02
2013-03
38.07
29.3
20.87
8.5
1.17
0.02
2013-04
39.15
29.71
20.06
8
1.01
0.02
2013-05
41.38
27.72
19.76
7.96
1
0.02
2013-06
42.68
25.44
20.01
8.39
1.03
0.03
2013-07
43.12
24.53
20.09
8.59
1.1
0.04
2013-08
42.78
25.55
19.25
8.57
1.16
0.04
2013-09
40.8
28.56
18.36
8.52
1.16
0.04
2013-10
40.44
28.96
18.11
8.54
1.2
0.04
2013-11
41.87
27.31
18.15
8.5
1.18
0.03
2013-12
43.92
23.24
18.95
9.14
1.31
0.02
There are many more browsers than the we know of and regularly use. The original list courtesy of gs.statcounter.com had over 30 listed.
 

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    • pctechgo profile image
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      pctechgo 2 years ago from US

      I'm glad this hub helped. I created it after answering a question on hupages. A hubber had a problem with Firefox and so the answer spawned to a hub afterwards.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for the tips!!! I have have problems with this recently! Will bear these tips in mind.

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      pctechgo 5 years ago from US

      Your welcome.

      The use of Google Chrome is on the rise for sure. It still does not have the developer support IE has. Perhaps someday it will as its usage grows.

      I use all three major browsers, mostly IE, secondly Chrome such as the computer I am on now and of course Firefox too. Each have a purpose and place for my work. I keep them all clean running and up to date except for IE, I tend not to jump to quickly to IE updates. I connect to a lot of different equipment for programming and configuring. Chrome and Firefox most often don't even work and jumping ahead with IE can lead to problems.

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      ronny2005 5 years ago from HubPages

      However, Google Chrome is at the top right now. I suggest you to use Google Chrome, by the way.

      I also use Mozilla Firefox. Thanks for the information!

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      Swetank Raj 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for this hub! As you stated and personally i prefers to keep updated my browser, clearing cookies and history and etc. Keep it up great work thanks for sharing such informative hub.

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