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Monday, 11 March 2013

Clearing the Mac Google Chrome Cache - A program to help

fixed1t Mac Google Chrome Cache Deleter

I created this program as I was updating web pages only to discover when I when viewed the pages using Google Chrome the old pages were still there although I had deleted them off my server. What was worse was that zipped software files I was updating for users were not being downloaded by users and the original software copy was being given to them by the google cache when they tried to download the new version.

I tried using the Google Chrome preferences to delete the cache when I started doing my own testing after user issues and discovered it didn't always appear to work. Others also reported the same issue online.

Therefore I created this large hammer cache deleter which works in three steps

1) It quits and closes Google Chrome
2) It physically carries the cache folder and dumps it in the Mac Trash or Wastebasket
3) It asks if the user wants a 'standard empty' or 'secure empty' and does it 

To use the converter, double click on the zip file, this will create a new folder with the fixed1t Mac Google Chrome Cache Deleter inside.

To use the cache deleter, double click on it and you will be asked to select SECURE or Standard deletion or to Exit if you want to cancel the cache deletion and not empty the waste basket.

If you select exit you will receive the following dialogue and the program will terminate.

Choosing secure will display secure deletion confirmation:

Choosing Standard will display standard deletion confirmation:

If you have previously deleted the cache but have not open Google Chrome since deleting it, you will receive the following oops dialogue:

I've created a video on youtube on how to use the Converter at my fixed1t youtube site:

This is a major timesaver of a program, and I hope people will find useful.

If you'd like to try it there is a trial version on the cache deleter webpage at:

As with all software, I have taken care to test the software but accept no liability for loss or damage from its use, by using the software you agree to indemnify me from any claims arising from the use of the software.  As with all programs, the responsibility for backing up your files before running any software on them is yours.  Backing up your work is always the safest bet with any software.

Please be aware if you try this that the cache deleter will permanently delete anything in your Trash or Wastebasket, ensure you are happy to do this before running the deleter.  Also, if you have very slow internet access deleting the cache will slow down your browsing after deletion as the pages and items will need to be reloaded.  Once they are reloaded the speed should then increase.

As a developer, getting rid of the cache outweighed any speed issues.

Please let me know if you find this useful and report any bugs too and do leave please comments.


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