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Windows 10 and Windows 11: Flush DNS Cache and Clear Browsing Traces – Here’s How

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In Windows 10 and Windows 11, you can completely remove information about visited websites from your computer by flushing the DNS cache. We show you how.

  1. View DNS cache
  2. Save DNS cache as a text file
  3. Clear DNS Cache
  4. What is DNS caching and what does it do?

In this guide, we will show you how to view the DNS cache in Windows 10 and Windows 11 and flush it if necessary. To simplify the analysis of the DNS cache, we also show you how to save the DNS cache in a text file.

Please note: In this guide, we are using screenshots from Windows 10. However, the steps are the same on Windows 11 because only the window design has changed. The menus, key combinations, and buttons specified are identical. We will report any discrepancies.

You need the command prompt for all the following steps. You can find out how to open and use them in the linked instructions.

View DNS cache

  1. 01.1 Windows 10 - Start command prompt 01.1 Windows 10 - Start command prompt
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    First open the command prompt by searching for “CMD”.

  2. 01.2 Windows 10 - CMD - ipconfig displaydns 01.2 Windows 10 - CMD - ipconfig displaydns
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    With the command “ipconfig /displaydns” you can then display the DNS cache in the window and see the web addresses stored there by scrolling.

For analysis, however, it is easier to read it in a text editor than in the command prompt.

Save DNS cache as a text file

  1. 02.1 Windows 10 - CMD - ipconfig displaydns save as text file 02.1 Windows 10 - CMD - ipconfig displaydns save as text file
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    With the command “ipconfig /displaydns > %homepath%Desktopdnscache.txt” you save the DNS cache as a text file with the name “dnscache.txt” on the desktop.

  2. 02.2 Windows 10 - DNS cache exported to Notepad 02.2 Windows 10 - DNS cache exported to Notepad
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    You can then open them in the editor by double-clicking and analyze them more easily than in the command prompt.

Finally, we will show you below how you can clear the cache.

Clear DNS Cache

  1. 03.1 Windows 10 - CMD - ipconfig flushdns 03.1 Windows 10 - CMD - ipconfig flushdns
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    You can flush the DNS cache with the “ipconfig /flushdns” command. You can tell if the action was successful by confirming “The DNS resolver cache was flushed”.

What is DNS caching and what does it do?

The DNS cache is a local log of websites visited so far and corresponding IP addresses. These are normally managed on the Internet on so-called “Domain Name Servers” (DNS). By clearing the DNS cache, you can delete data stored on Windows about the websites you visit. In addition to clearing browser history, this is necessary to truly erase all traces of your internet usage.

In order for your web browser and other programs to find the correct web server after entering a web address such as “https://www.netzwelt.de/anleitung/netzwelt.de”, your computer must first query a server of domain name. This translates the address into the associated IP address. In order to speed up repeated visits to the same web addresses, Windows saves them with the associated IP addresses in the so-called DNS cache.

This can then be used to find out which websites have been viewed from your computer. To protect your privacy, you can flush the DNS cache and thus completely get rid of your browsing traces on your computer. Clearing browser history is not enough for this, even if precise information such as time information and specific URLs are missing from the DNS cache. Clearing the DNS cache can sometimes also solve problems with inaccessible web services, for example if they have moved to a different IP address.

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