The information of the site you visit is recorded on your browser as well as in the domain name server known as DNS cache, this topic shows you know more about it and also why you should clear the DNS server on an occasional basis and the best process to do that step by step.

Why Should I Clear DNS Cache On My Laptop?

There are different reasons why you want to clear your  DNS  cache which include:

  • Privacy reason 
  • Security reasons 
  • To avoid outdated info 
  • or when you  clear the cache on your browser history 

What DNS is all about <<

The DNS  servers are responsible for the conversion and translation of a web address into an IP address before the results are displayed.

The primary duty of DNS servers is to perform this conversion faster enough into IP addresses in real-time.

Since  DNS caches store information of the recently visited website for a certain period,  the browser can get the details from the cache and return results more quickly. S0 it won’t take hours to get a response and execution.

Though the information stored on it is useful for speeding up search results, you may still want to remove the stored data from the  DNS cache.

   But why?

  • Privacy reason 

  •  You also want to clear the  DNS  cache for privacy reasons. Since  DNS cache retains the history of the addresses you visited recently, including those you go to on a regular basis. So, the more information stored on your  DNS the less privacy it is in case someone gets access to the cache.
  • Security Reasons 
  •   An important reason clearing cache is important is for security reasons. So, to avoid the possibility for hackers, cybercriminals to access the cache and insert or change the IP addresses. These so-called ( DNS poisoning or DNS spoofing)   can redirect you to a website designed to gather sensitive data, such as passwords to online accounts.
  • Clearing the DNS server will remove any invalid addresses, whether because they’re outdated or because they’ve been manipulated.
  • To avoid outdated info 

  • Other reasons why you want to clear your  DNS  cache include the fact that the cache may contain outdated information.
  • When you have a lot of outdated build-up cache then you may start having issues when accessing websites or applications and if the domain name in the cache points to an outdated, old or incorrect IP address, the website won’t return the correct information.  So,  you may consider clearing the DNS cache to prevent problems such as a page redirecting to the wrong site or (Bad Gateway).
  • When you Clear the Cache On your browser history 

  • When you clear your laptop browser history,  so you also want to make sure that the DNS server is flushed to get the real updated results. because if you do not, even if you clear your browser history on your laptop, the DNS cache will still have the old information.

How To Clear DNS Cache On Window Using Command Prompt

1st method

Clearing DNS Cache on Windows Server With Command Prompt is easy and straightforward just follow these easy steps to get done.

  • Go to the  on the Start button  on your laptop and type cmd
  • That should open  up the command prompt
  • Enter the following command in the prompt here:   ipconfig/flushdns
  • Then you are good to go, that’s it!  You will a message you get after that saying the cache has been successfully flushed.

Quick note here

  • Open the command prompt and type the command:
  • ipconfig/displaydns (If you want to view the entries before clearing the cache)
  • Review the entries and decide if you want to proceed with flushing the DNS.
  • If the cache problem is on the server instead of the local machine, you can use the command prompt, but with a different command. In this case, it would be:
  • dnscmd /clearcache

2nd Method:

  • To clear the DNS cache on Microsoft Windows, follow these easy steps anytime you want to do it.
  • Go to the Start menu on your laptop  and type Run on the search bar
  • Click Run, and type in cmd, and then press Enter.
  • That will open a DOS command
    At the command prompt, type the  command  down below and then press Enter:
  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • Then you are done the DNS cache is clear and gone.

How to clear DNS  cache on Windows 8

To clear your DNS cache  on your  Windows 8 by performing the following easy   steps:

  • Press Win+X at the same time will open up the WinX Menu.
  • Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
    the type in and run the following command: ipconfig /flushdns
  •  The system should return the following message: Windows IP configuration successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache. that’s if you type in the right command though.

How to clear the DNS  cache on Windows 7

To clear your DNS cache  on your   Windows 7,  follow this easy step to do it :

  • Click Start and type in cmd in the Start menu search text box.
  • Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
  • Then type and run the following command: ipconfig /flushdns
  • The system will return the following message: Windows IP configuration successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache. that’s If the command succeeds.

How to clear cache On Windows XP 2000, or Vista

This is how you do it, if you are using Windows XP, 2000, or Vista, perform the following steps to clear your DNS cache on your laptop.

  • Go to Sart  on your laptop  to get started
  • and click Run or enter Run in the Search bar If you do not see the Run command.
  •  Then type in  and run the following command in the Run text box:
  • ipconfig /flushdns
  • The system returns the following message: Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache If the command succeeds.

How to Clear DNS  Cache On mac

To clear the DNS cache on Apple Mac follow these easy steps  by easy:

  •  Click Applications
  •  Go to  Utilities and then click Terminal.
  •  That should  Open up the terminal window.
  • Type in the appropriate command for your Mac version to clear the cache at the command prompt opened up.
  • Use  sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder For OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 or later.
  • Use sudo discoveryutil mdnsflushcache For OS X Yosemite v10.10 through v10.10.3 to clear the cache.
  • Use sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder For OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, type the following command
  • Use sudo dscacheutil -flushcache For Mac OS X Snow Leopard, type the following command
  • Then restart your laptop for the   DNA cache has been clear already.

Conclusion:  Why Should I Clear DNS Cache On My Laptop?

So here is how you clear your cache anything maybe something If the location of the webserver changes before the entry in your DNS cache updates, and you can no longer access the site.

or if you encounter a large number of HTML 404 error codes.

Follow these easy guilds to clear your DNS cache. The following methods share here will allow you to remove old and inaccurate DNS information that may result in 404 errors.

Hope this post helps you and  If you have any question comment or anything concerning this topic please feel free to leave them in the comment section below. If this post helps you please share it with others thanks.

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