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Clearing the DNS Cache on Browsers

mattp1
posted this on December 02, 2013 11:08

Clearing the DNS Cache on Browsers

 

The following table provides instructions for clearing the DNS cache within common Internet browsers.

 

Browser 

 

Steps to Clear the DNS Cache
Internet Explorer  8 and above (Windows)

Go to the History menu, select Delete Browsing History, check all boxes (except passwords, if desired) and click Delete.

Mozilla Firefox (Windows)

Click on Firefox at the top left of your browser, go to the History menu, select Clear Recent History and check all boxes. Under Time range to clear select Everything (except passwords, if desired) and click Clear Now.

Mozilla Firefox (Mac) Go to the History menu, select Clear Recent History and check all boxes. Under Time range to clear select Everything (except passwords, if desired) and click Clear Now.
Apple Safari (Windows)

Expand the Cog Icon in the upper right corner and select Reset Safari. Check all boxes and click Reset.

Apple Safari (Mac)

Go to the Safari menu, select Reset Safari, check all boxes and click Reset.

Google Chrome (Windows)

Expand the Wrench Icon in the upper right corner and select History and check all boxes. Under Clear data for this time period, select Everything(except passwords, if desired) and click Clear Browsing Data.

Google Chrome (Mac)

Under Go to the Chrome menu, select Clear Browsing Data and check all boxes (except passwords, if desired). Under Clear data for this time period, select Everything and click Clear Browsing Data.

 

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fdpatterson1

Easy to understand walk through instructions.

January 23, 2014 08:01
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solarsails

...I really am glad I re-checked this site out.  Four children all computer literate, surfing, gaming....   Its enough to give a father a stroke.  At any rate we need "Opera Browser" on here, though I can probably figure it out myself.  Looking forward to working with openDNS!  Very exciting and relieving.

February 09, 2014 15:08
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pingooo

I block facebook for 22 hours a day. However, my daughter can still go to facebook on her chromebook outside the unblocked hours. I think the browser cache is the reason, but you can understand that she doesn't want to clear the browser cache. Can you recommend other solutions?

February 17, 2014 11:43
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cindelicato

Pingoo,

As you already seem to understand, if your daughter's Chromebook has the IP address for FB in its cache, you're mostly out of luck (unless she ventures to a part of FB that's not been cached).  Also note, that if the Chromebook is configured to use Google's DNS, you're not filtering her at all.

For starters, you need to enforce cache clearing.  Also verify whether the Chromebook points to your router for the DNS.

I use my Chromebook daily; it's versatile and extremely economic, but it lacks the fine tune control many people are accustomed to with Apple, Linux and Windows.  You may have a hard time finding a suitable solution.

February 17, 2014 18:05