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Clear Your Temporary Internet Files

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help, Using The Internet

Clear Your Temporary Internet Files

As you surf the web, every page, every graphic, cookie, etc. is saved in your temporary internet files. Why is this? Well, for one, if you visit a page often it brings up the files from the cache rather than getting them online, thus making the page appear quicker. The down side is that this can cause an old page to come up when content may have changed on the real page. Another negative is that these cached pages take up space on your hard drive.

The good news is that you can dump them. If you regularly run Disk Cleanup, then the Temporary Internet Files will be emptied in the process. Go to Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools . DC looks for files you don’t need then displays them. Make sure that “temporary Internet Files” is selected then click OK .


If you just want to remove temp files, with Internet Explorer you go to Tools/Internet Options , then under “Temporary Internet Files” click the “Delete Files” button.


With Netscape go to Edit/Preferences and click the “Advanced” arrow. Select “cache” and you’ll see buttons to clear Memory Cache and Disk Cache.


There are also software programs like iCleanInternet Cleanup that will empty your temp files automatically and monitor your cookies, only allowing in those you specify.

You should regularly clean out your Temporary Internet files to save space and increase security. In addition, if your temp file gets too full you’ll find that when you try to save a JPEG it will only save as a bitmap. Not sure why that is.

~ David

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