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Content.IE5 - Can I delete this folder?

by feetnlegs / February 10, 2005 6:58 AM PST

I'm running Win98 SE on a Pentium 4. I have a huge file in my Temporary Internet Files folder. It is called content.IE5 and it has several folders within it with strange names like E30xafm5 and 4gt1he6q. These files are taking up about 158 MB of space. Can I safely delete them?


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The usual way to do so ...
by Kees Bakker / February 10, 2005 7:08 AM PST

in IE: Tools>Internet Options>General (tab) and click Delete Files ... under Temporary Internet Files. It's safe to delete the offline content also. You can use the Settings button to limit the disk space used without any negative consequences to some 20 Mb (more if you download BIG files).

There are all kinds of utilities to be found to do this automatically at each startup, or every time you exit IE. That's (a little bit) good for your privacy, but not really needed.

Hope this helps.


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Sh, In Addition To Kees' Good Information...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 10, 2005 7:44 AM PST

...which describes the best method for routinely cleaning out those "Temporary Internet Folder" files, you can safely delete the "Content.IE5" folder. Upon restart of the computer or opening of Internet Explorer, another new "Content.IE5" folder will be recreated but with a smaller "index.dat" file which is sometimes hidden. The "index.dat" file stores data for "offline" webpages. When following Kees' instructions above, make sure to place a CHECK mark in the "Delet Offline content". It will keep those file sizes to a minimum.

Hope this helps.


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Delete Content.ie5
by Canyonjoe / February 24, 2005 3:33 PM PST

You say you are using Windows 98.
Add the following line to Autoexec.bat.
Deltree /y c:\windows\tempor~1\content.ie5 >nul
Every time you boot it will purge all those pesky files. Suggest you place it just above the Set Temp= variable line.
Also if you wish you can delete the temp file noted in the Set Temp variable as well as C:\windows\cookies using the same type of command.
The folders will automatically regenerate but your system will be cleaner.
There is one caveat though. You will lose any saved passwords that are stored and you will have to reenter them when you access that particular site.

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IE5 and folders . Deletion of a tempory file
by andgum / February 28, 2005 11:22 PM PST

Thanks to this forum I managed to get rid of an adware programme which had "planted " itself in a tempoary internet folder despite the fact I have the ad-aware SE programme installed to "prevent" any programmes like this lodging in my computer
Has this happened to anyone else ?
p.s. I went into "propeties" to do this and found it there.

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How did you do that????
by smrtgrl82 / March 12, 2005 1:48 AM PST

Hi Andrew,

I have an Adware programme in my temporary internet folder that I can't seem to remove called "Adware.CDT". I can't find it and Norton won't delete, neither will my Adware SE edition. Any ideas or tricks as to how you got rid of yours? Mind you, I am brand new to going into the registry to delete files, etc. So I need very detailed steps if you or anyone else can help. Thanks!

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1. It's been discussed in detail at...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 12, 2005 2:16 AM PST

The virus and security forum here.
2. You can force the deletion of a file with MOVEONBOOT which you find with


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Adware.CDT. How did you do that ?
by andgum / April 7, 2005 1:15 AM PDT

hi smrtgrl82
Sorry for the dely in response to your post of 03/12/04. I also am not a genius at computing !! I removed that by going into "tools" in internet explorer then into "internet options" where it then says (second down) in the middle "delete temporary internet files" do just that and that should do it . If that does not work then look for it in a search in temporary internet files .This is for windws xp
I hope this solves that problem.

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Content IE5, now that I am using IE7?
by zezee3 / January 11, 2007 6:47 AM PST

Can the IE5 temporary folders be deleted now that I havae IE7 in my HP computer? I found 4147 temporary Files IE5 in my computer. now that's a lot. I would like to safely delete these, as my computer is slowing down more and more everyday.
Got a 80 GIG. 250 etc. HP Pavilion a340n. When I first installed IE7, it started running like a new computer again, but now it is slow, slow, slow!

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Yes, They Can Be Deleted Just Like Before...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 11, 2007 10:44 AM PST

Don't delete the Content.IE5 folder, just everything that's inside it.

Hope this helps.


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by zezee3 / January 12, 2007 1:02 AM PST

Thank you, this does help me, a lot. Now I understand, kind of thought that is what I was supposed to do, and now I am sure.
Thank you so much.

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index.dat removal
by Les28 / January 11, 2007 3:51 PM PST

I find the easiest way to remove index.dat files is to use the free program ccleaner from if told it will remove the index.dat files at next boot.

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by zezee3 / January 12, 2007 1:22 AM PST
In reply to: index.dat removal

Ok, I will check the ccleaner prog out. Thank you.

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ccleaner tutorial
by Les28 / January 12, 2007 3:30 AM PST

Am enclosing a tutorial for ccleaner, it's the best tutorial I've seen. I am using IE7 myself and it works OK deleting index.dat with ccleaner, but check with the tutorial about how to delete index.dat.

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by zezee3 / January 13, 2007 7:42 AM PST
In reply to: ccleaner tutorial

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Easy way to completely delete the Content.IE5 folder
by melvin_briggs / February 14, 2012 6:05 AM PST

After stopping the Internet Explorer process, navigate to the Content.IE5 folder, right-click Content.IE5, then click "Rename", then enter "xyz", and OK. Then right-click xyz and click "Delete".

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Why Would One Want To Delete It When It Gets Recreated?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 15, 2012 3:37 AM PST

Although I frequently clean out the Content.IE5 folder on computers, I see no reason to delete it.. It generally gets recreated when Internet Explorer is used again.

Hope this helps.


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