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flash cache historyHow can I clear and erase the content of my Flash plugin? Does the Flash plugin have a history cache? These are two questions a Web Talk reader asked me right yesterday. The Flash plugin is used by all browsers to display special sections of websites such as Facebook or MySpace for example, or to show special content such ads or games. As a consequence a big quantity of data will be stored in a special folder called Flash History Cache which does not get cleared when you flush your browser cache as it is located on a different place. Because of this the history cache will tend to become bigger and bigger and in the long run it could also slightly decrease your browser and computer performance. Let’s see how to clear it in a couple of steps.

  1. Click this Website Storage Settings panel link to access YOUR Flash cache.
  2. Now click the Folder tab which should be the tab right before the last one on the right.
  3. On such a small embedded window you will be able to gather important infos. The lower part of the window shows you a list of the websites you visited that use Flash technology.
  4. Click one of the website and click the Delete Website to clear and purge the plugin from that particular website.
  5. Confirm if asked.
  6. Alternatively, you can click the  Delete all Sites button to erase your Flash history cache completely.

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6 Comments to “How to Clear and Erase the Flash History Cache”

  1. Robert Says:

    clear and Erase flash folder worked we thank you so much about this information.

  2. Java Lover Says:

    I just want to point out, you can change your flash video location by changing the App Data location in your registry. Didn’t find a great place to put this but if anyone reads this…

    go to registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

    and then change the following value.

    Local AppData

    from %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data

    to wherever you want so for me


    make sure you have a folder to store the data and gg.

  3. Web Talk Says:

    The flash cache contains portions of websites you visted which contains flash technology including flash cookies. This data is stored in a special folder which is NOT in the browser.

    You guys are right. The browser is not the only place where your private data is stored and if somebody knows is way he can see what you have visited on the Internet in a lot of possible ways.

    @ha14: No. Usually this flash folder is pretty hidden and only pro users manage to get it.
    @Dennis: the very nature of the flash cache folder is pretty similar to the browser cache. As I said there are portions of websites and cookies which are not deleted in incognito mode (incognito only refers to the browser). Other stuff belonging to websites you surf are stored in your javascript folder, for example, which is another different software. Plus keep in mind that even if you delete everything, special software can recover this stuff from the hard disk…
    At the moment there is not secure way to know if you have deleted everything (and permanently) from your computer. Sorry.

  4. ha14 Says:

    This is cool, the only thing is that we expose our history to outside?

  5. Dennis F. Says:

    Very interesting. Does this also have history of websites visited while “incognito”? If so, what’s the point of “incognito” mode anymore? Is there anyway not to leave any history on your PC? What is the point of Flash having a history anyway? Thanks as always.

  6. Harris Says:

    a while back i found a small no install program called “flash cookie remover” from someone named mischel internet security ltd. i must admit i am confused as to whether a cookie is the same as a flash history cache but it does seem to do the same thing…any info would be appreciated…

    thanks for the great site….harris

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