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Clearing cookies, cache and what are plug ins?

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lutra Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 5, 2013 1:02 PM



I followed a post here from SANIBEL explaining how to successfully clear my cache. Then to clean out the cookies under the Security tab of Preferences by clicking on REMOVE ALL WEBSITE DATA. I then clicked on DETAILS and see that there are still lots of "PLUG-INS" there. Is it necessary to also remove them, i.e. will they also perhaps contribute to interference and if so, must I remove them manually?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,145 points)
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    Nov 5, 2013 1:08 PM (in response to lutra)

    Those are cookies you see not plug-ins.


    Root and user plug-ins are stored in:     /Library/Plug-Ins   and    ~/Library/Internet Plug-Ins


    Plug-ins or extensions are add ons that can enhancet the way you use a browser.



    This is how to clear the Safari cache.


    From your Safari menu bar click Safari > Preferences then select the Advanced tab.


    Select:  Show Develop menu in menu bar


    Now click Develop from the menu bar. From the drop down menu click Empty Caches.

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,145 points)
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    Nov 5, 2013 1:23 PM (in response to lutra)

    Cookies and plug-ins are two different things entirely.


    Even if you Remove All Website Data from the Safari > Preferences > Privacy window (cookiees and data) cookies will be placed on the hard drive again everytime you visit a website.



    To manage internet plug-ins select the Security tab in the Safari preferences window.


    Click:  Manage Website Settings...



    Read here >  Apple - Apple's Use of Cookies


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