Just like any other browser, Google Chrome holds temporary information. This information becomes totally useless once we exit Google Chrome. However, it continues to happily sit in our HD unless we delete it ourselves. This overburdening of system resources leads to a host of problems like the occasional crashing of Google Chrome, web page not found error, log-in errors, and of course taking a lot longer to load a page which usually loads very easily.
What we can and we must do is to keep sweeping away this junk on a regular basis. This allows us to make optimum use of our system resources. It also allows us to protect our privacy. On the flip side, we will need to enter our user ids and passwords again for all the online accounts we maintain, as all the saved log-in credentials are also swept clean away during the cleanup. ST Cleaner takes care of this issue while cleaning Chrome junk, download it here:
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The term “browser junk” is collectively used for:
A web cookie, also known as Internet cookie or sometimes HTTP cookie, is a short line of text that a website writes onto user’s hard drive. It’s a small piece of data which is an integral part of the blueprint websites are designed throughout the world. There are different types of cookies such as session cookies and persistent cookies.
If you happen to be sharing your laptop with other people, you surely do not want them to access your browsing history. It’s a comprehensive database of all the websites that you have visited over time.
Download history is also another essential part of your browser that you do not want anyone to know about. Google Chrome maintains a list of every single file you’ve downloaded (regardless of the file type).
Cached Web Page Elements
Cache holds copies of the most frequently visited web pages. This means data can be retrieved much faster from the hard disk rather than re-downloading it from the web, should you revisit any of those websites.
Autofill Form Data
Autofill is a very handy feature of Google’s web browser that stores and automatically fills up information into web forms. Once you fill up a web form with info relating to personal details e.g. first name, surname, birthdate, age, gender, contact details, location, postal code etc, all of these bits of information are saved by Google Chrome so that you don’t have to type them out the next time and they can easily be fetched from the Autofill Form Data section.
Deleting Chrome Junk
Finally, let’s move to the procedure to clean junk files stored by Chrome. The procedure is very simple and very helpful.
- Open Google Chrome and click the Menu icon on the upper right corner
- On the menu that opens up, navigate to More Tools | Clear Browsing Data
- This opens up a new tab. Select “the beginning of time” option from the drop down menu
- Check all the boxes except the last two and finally click on “Clear browsing data” to start the cleaning process