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In AOL 5.0, go to the "My AOL" icon on the top of the AOL screen. Click on PREFERENCES ?Click on the" WWW" icon
In AOL 6.0 & ?7.0, go to the AOL menu at the top of the screen and click on:
1) Settings 2) Preferences3) Internet Properties (WWW).
In AOL 9.0, click on Settings and Internet Properties.
The rest is the same for AOL and Non-AOL members using Microsoft Internet Explorer. If you're using Internet Explorer from your Windows taskbar: - Click on TOOLS and INTERNET OPTIONS.
It will default to the GENERAL Tab window.
1) Click on TOOLS > INTERNET OPTIONS. Under the default GENERAL TAB, you'll see BROWING HISTORY. Click on DELETE and delete TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES, HISTORY and COOKIES. I don't keep passwords online, so I don't have to delete those and ignore the FORMS option
That's called PURGING YOUR CACHE. It will prevent many problems people incur when their cache is overloaded and will also allow you to surf the Internet faster when the cache is cleaned out.
This is a diagnostic you should do at least once every few days if you do a lot of Web surfing (I purge my cache a few times a day).
IN NETSCAPE: click on EDIT and PREFERENCES. Scroll to ADVANCED and double-click on it. Highlight CACHE
On the right side of the screen, you'll see two buttons.
1) Clear Memory Cache2) Clear Disk Cache
-- Click on each one and you'll get a message about clearing the cache. -- Click "OK" and that will purge your cache in Netscape.
In FIREFOX, you can purge your cache by clicking on TOOLS on the menu and then CLEAR PRIVATE DATA. Basically to purge your cache, all you'd need to select is Browsing History. Personally, I clean out browsing history and cookies (that's generally where you'll find web tracking spyware. So I prefer not to store cookies on my computer). I'd read the HELP section in Firefox before deleting the other items they have checked.
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