How To Clear the DNS Cache in Internet Explorer 8

The term "cache" in computing refers to data that is stored in a location that can be easily accessed so that the computer does not need to go back and read the data from the original source. Caching is a way that computers can speed up performance. When you use the Internet, your browser and computer may cache data so that you can return to web pages more quickly. Caching can potentially cause errors if bad data values are stored in the cache; clearing the cached data may resolve such issues.

Instructions

Difficulty: 2

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer 8.

Step 2

Click "Tools" and then "Delete Browsing History."

Step 3

Uncheck the box called "Preserve Favorites website data," make sure that "Cookies," "History" and "Temporary Internet Files" are checked, and then click "Delete."

Step 4

Click "Start," "Run," type "cmd" into the run text box and then click "OK."

Step 5

Type "ipconfig /flushdns" into the command prompt and press "Enter." This will clear the DNS cache that Windows has saved on your hard drive.

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Tips & Warnings

  • If you clear your cache, it may cause your browser to forget certain site settings and passwords. This may force you to log in manually at sites you are normally logged into automatically and reset site preferences.

Article Written By Gregory Hamel

Gregory Hamel has been a freelance writer for various websites since September 2008 and has also authored two young-adult science-fantasy novels. He has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from St. Olaf College. Hamel maintains a blog focused on running and fitness.


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