A true-or-false computer question

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've been using computers regularly since around 1990, mostly Macs. Writing, graphic design, internet, database—the usual.

    Lately my wife has been asking me to clear my internet history before closing the browser to keep our DSL connection from bogging down.

    Does that actually help? I used Macs at work for years and never had to clear the history.

    I don't mind doing it and will continue to, regardless, for the sake of domestic harmony and because I don't really care. I'm just wondering whether it's good science or urban myth.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Engine Swap

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    If you also clear your cache and delete cookies it might "help". Doubt you would notice a difference.
     
  3. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    I would assume false. In a normal pc you can go to
    task manager and see what is running. Sometimes you
    will note 9 firefoxes, 7 chromes, all running at the same time,
    in other words they did not close. My history is massive
    and I think I have a 2week retain setting.
    wish you luck
     
  4. ReverendRevolver

    ReverendRevolver Tele-Afflicted

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    Certain tracking cookies will bog stuff down, generally multiple programs running are more likely than that.

    I'm not "in the know" but I don't think thank alone impacts your actual up or down speed, at most it could slow the browser.
     
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  5. getbent

    getbent Telefied Silver Supporter

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    true.
     
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  6. chris m.

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    I don't think so. Also, what matters is how long it takes you to do stuff. Seems to me that in theory your internet connection would be marginally faster when you first open your browser. But now you have to type in every url by hand since you don't have a history that remembers your frequently browsed sites. And once you've typed them in you've now re-created the history that allegedly slowed your connection down. Ergo, deleting your history results in slower overall performance regardless of internet speed.
     
  7. radiocaster

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    I don't think it matters much when the browser is closed, when it's open it can bog down your browser and surfing if you have a lot of cookies.
     
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  8. Texicaster

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    False++++

    On Chrome on a Mac anyways...

    I just did this to clear up some issue and it slowed everything down! Chrome does a good job of archiving pages and if you erase the slate it starts the search all over it seems.

    Cookies are harder to manage nowadays. You really don't want to wipe them out unless you have a password keeper active...
     
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  9. chris m.

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    Cookies are the bigger problem-- at least the ones that are invasive and running in the background.
     
  10. GuitLoop

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    Generally I only clear cache, etc if I'm having a problem or if browsing slows. If it ain't broke dont fix it applies here.
     
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    I don't usually flush the cache or mess around with settings, browser or other unless the PC is running slow.
     
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  12. tah1962

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    Clearing the cookies, history, or cache, periodically will keep things running smoother. I don’t see a need to do it everyday. You should also run a disk defrag once in a while. These can all be set up in your task manager. There are also free software programs out there. I have been using this one for years. Hope this helps.

    https://www.ccleaner.com/
     
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  13. Charlie Bernstein

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    Thanks, gang! I use computers all the time but have never opened the hood.
     
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    Most browsers have a 'clear history when browser is closed tab' checkbox in the options/tools menu

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    A lot of people don't bother looking for it.
     
  15. telleutelleme

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    In a list of 1000 things that will slow you down, it is true. My guess would be somewhat closer to 1000 than 1. Number of users, which server, path to where you are browsing all have greater affect. If I notice things getting really slow, I reset my box and that usually connects me to the least busy server for a while.
     
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    Firefox + UBlock Origin will keep most of those cookies off your computer to begin with.
     
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    I would probably bash my computer to bits if it weren't for uBlock Origin and Facebook Purity add-ins for FireFox.
     
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  18. DesmoDog

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    cookie-monster-delete-cookies.png
     
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  19. imwjl

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    Some of what OP wants can be automated. If this is about security, the network and not your computer should do that. If you have network and DNS based security know that filtering might be inconvenient. A home user can still use the free version of OpenDNS Cisco bought.
     
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    makes a difference on Windows. over time you get tons of useless TEMP files stored up. some of the TEMP files want to give commands even after they are no longer needed, and the computer has to spend time sorting them out. it causes delays while the computer is fussing around trying to figure things out, thats wasted time
     
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