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Clear Browser Cache and Cookies in Chrome, Edge, Opera, Firefox

Are you having the Failed – virus scan failed error in Chrome? Is your web browser not loading web pages properly? Do you think your browsing data is overloaded with 3rd-party cookies? If you encounter any such issues in Chrome, Edge, Opera, or Firefox, you should clear your browser cache and cookies to fix them. The steps to clear cookies and cache are the same for Windows and Mac.

What are Cache and Cookies in Web Browser?

Literally, a cache (pronounced “cash”) is a temporary set of data stored in memory. When it comes to web browsing, caching is a very important feature that lets web browsers download and store website resources such as images (logos, pictures, backgrounds, etc.), HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in the local drive. Thus, when you visit a website for the first time, the browser stores its data. When you reload or revisit a page subsequently, the browser serves the stored resources so that the page loads faster and consumes less bandwidth to reduce the browsing cost.

On the other hand, cookies are small bits (in text format) of information generated by a web server and sent to a web browser. Cookies provide key information to websites about users, such as their user ID, login credentials, preferences, and session activities while browsing. This helps websites to personalize user experience. While cookies are good for enhancing web experience, they are also used to exploit your private information for personalization, advertisement, and tracking purposes. In short, the internet knows you through the cookies the web server collects.

Clearing Browsing Data in Chrome, Edge, Firefox & Opera

The steps to go to the browsing data settings are almost the same on all main web browsers. You can type or paste the following URLs in the URL bar of the respective web browser and press the Enter key to access the clear browsing data menu.

  • Google Chrome: chrome://settings/clearBrowserData
  • Microsoft Edge: edge://settings/clearBrowserData
  • Opera: opera://settings/clearBrowserData
  • Firefox: about:preferences#privacy

The detailed steps are described below.

Clear Cache and Cookies in Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome and click the 3-dot icon in the top-right corner of the browser window.
  2. Select More tools > Clear browsing data… from the menu. Alternatively, you can press the Shift + Ctrl + Del keyboard shortcut in Windows to bring up the Clear browsing data window in Chrome.chrome browser data settings
  3. When you see the Clear browsing data pop-up window, make sure that All time is selected under Time range, and options like Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files are checked.clear chrome browsing data
  4. Finally, click the Clear data button.

Now, close the Chrome browser window and relaunch it to check if the virus scan failed error is gone or not!

Clear Cache and Cookies in Microsoft Edge

If you are a Microsoft Edge user, follow these steps to clear the browsing data.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, click the 3-dot menu icon in the top-right corner of the screen, and select Settings.microsoft edge browser settings
  2. On the browser’s settings screen, click the Privacy, search, and services option in the left sidebar.clear browsing data in microsoft edge
  3. Go to the Clear browsing data section and click on the Choose what to clear option next to Clear browsing data now.
  4. In the small window that pops up choose All time under Time range, check all options except Browsing history and click the Clear now button.

Clearing Cache and Cookies in Opera Browser

  1. Open Opera and click on the Settings icon in the top-right corner of the browser window.
  2. Click on the Clear button next to Browsing data or Go to full browser settings.opera browser settings
  3. In the Opera settings page, go to Privacy and security > Clear browsing data.
  4. In the Clear browsing data pop-up window, set the time range to All time and check the Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files options.clear browsing data in opera browser
  5. Finally, click the Clear data button.

Clear Browser Cache and Cookies in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Firefox and click the hamburger menu icon (≡) on the top-right corner of the browser window.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. On the Settings page, click on Privacy & security.
  4. Now click the Clear data button in the Cookies and Site Data section.
  5. Make sure that Cookies and Site Data and Cached Web Content options in the Clear Data window are selected.clear browsing data in mozilla firefox
  6. Click the Clear button. That’s it!

Finally, it’s time to wrap up this article as we have covered how we can clear cache and cookies in web browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox.