Gardens Of Time Tips From TrevorG


GoTimers


  What Is My Cache and Why Do I Need To Clear It?  
     
 

Each time you visit a site, the browser downloads the page information and scans it for references to pictures etc and downloads each of these in turn while building the page for you to view. As you can imagine, this takes considerable network bandwidth.

A cache is a simple tool that all browsers use to attempt to accelerate return visits to web sites. You are not aware of this but every time you visit a web page using your browser your computer keeps a copy of the page and every picture and other object contained on that page somewhere in a folder on your hard drive.

When you return to that website, the browser checks to see if it has a local copy of the things to be downloaded, if it does, it uses the local copy if it isn't older than some parameter specified by the web server.

As you can imagine, this significantly improves the load time on return visits to websites.

The caches are used to store pictures, code, style sheets etc.

A program like GoT uses a LOT of data. The imagery required for all the objects in your garden each have their own little file that must be downloaded and displayed. Similarly, a copy of parts of the program itself is stored locally on your computer along with some variables that tell the program what your local options and settings are.

The flash part of the GoT game also has it's own data storage area.

This all works great, however, sometimes the local copy gets out of synchronization with the server version, especially after the toy maker releases an update.


Further, as you can imagine, the cache gets very large very quickly. This means you have folders or multiple folders, with hundreds or even thousands of files in them. Although this may not be an issue storage wise if you have a large hard drive, it does create a significant performance issue in that when the system goes looking for a specific file it takes time to hunt through a thousand file names to find the one its looking for.

IT IS THEREFORE PRUDENT TO ROUTINELY DO SOME HOUSEKEEPING.

There ARE published links for each browser, however, each browser and browser version is different, and you may be using more than one browser, so cleaning is  bit of a chore.

However, there is a cool application from the good folks at Piriform, called

CCleaner.

This little application is wonderful. Not only does it clear all the caches for ALL the browsers you may have installed, but it also does a whole bunch of other system clean up functions for you, like clearing your temporary files etc. This can significantly improve the performance of your computer in general.

Cleans the following:

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, Autocomplete form history, index.dat files.

FirefoxFirefox
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, download history, form history.

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, download history, form history.

OperaOpera
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, download history.

Apple SafariSafari
Temporary files, history, cookies, super cookies, form history.

Other BrowsersOther Supported Browsers
K-Meleon, Rockmelt, Flock, Google Chrome Canary, Chromium, SeaMonkey, Chrome Plus, SRWare Iron, Pale Moon, Phoenix, Netscape Navigator, Avant and Maxthon.

WindowsWindows
Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files, Log files, Clipboard, DNS Cache, Error Reporting, Memory Dumps, Jump Lists.

Registry

Registry Cleaner
Advanced features to remove unused and old entries, including File Extensions, ActiveX Controls, ClassIDs, ProgIDs, Uninstallers, Shared DLLs, Fonts, Help Files, Application Paths, Icons, Invalid Shortcuts and more...

ApplicationsThird-party applications
Removes temp files and recent file lists (MRUs) from many apps including Windows Media Player, eMule, Google Toolbar, Microsoft Office, Nero, Adobe Acrobat, WinRAR, WinAce, WinZip and many more...

Safe100% Spyware FREE
This software does NOT contain any Spyware, Adware or Viruses.




WHAT ABOUT COOKIES?

A cookie is a small file that websites store on your computer to handle and remember state management information for the webpage. Information stored in cookies includes things like your username and password when you click the remember me option on some websites. In GoT it is also used to store things like whether you have completed the bookmarking option.

Although it does no hard to clear your cookies I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT. If you use your computer to access other website, for example personal banking etc, you may will your login information for these sites too. This can be a real PIA.

As such i strongly recommend you go through the application settings in CCLeaner and disable everywhere it mentions cookies. See the image below.




CCleaner is undoubtedly the best method to keep your computer clean. Now there is a free version of this software, however I strongly recommend purchasing the professional edition. This comes with better support and at $24.95 is a great deal for a faster computer.

Purchasing from the link below also gets me a couple of dollars to help fund this website.

CCLEANER Professional Order Page
 

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