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by WabbitKiller / December 7, 2004 5:39 AM PST

How ya' doin' ? Ok here's my question : Is it ok to delete all temporary internet files and cookies ? I have been told that you have to be careful which ones delete and by the same token i was alos told that it didn't matter . So which is it ?

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by roddy32 / December 7, 2004 5:50 AM PST

Yes, you can delete the temporary internet files. The only thing wrong with deleting all the cookies is that the places that use cookies to sign you in won't know who you are the first time that you return until you DO sign in, including CNET, if you are using the "remember me option".

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Mendieta / December 10, 2004 8:06 PM PST

Roddy 32 is just completly correct.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by dammadkids / December 13, 2004 6:14 PM PST

as far as i know its fine to delete cookies and temp files.i do it at least once a week and it can free a lot of memory up

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by ChuckT / December 7, 2004 5:52 AM PST

Sure you can delete temporary files, they're temporary Happy
If you try to delete a temporary file that is currently in use, it won't delete, because the file will be locked, preventing the deletion.

If you delete the cookies you will find that if you had any signon names or passwords at that website, then you will have to re-sign on and enter a password. those cookies are often used to maintain that information for you (although it is somewhat encrypted, so it is not easily readable).

So, if you don't mind re-entering that info, and if you don't need to maintain data entered at a website to carry on to another of their pages (like a shopping list), then you could delete the cookies too. (I wouldn't, but if you want to, can't see what it harm it would cause.)

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by pepperkay / December 8, 2004 10:45 AM PST

Yes, you can delete them ... in fact, before I shut the computer off, I click on C Drive, then Windows and then: open Internet Temporary Files and delete them all - open TEMP and delete them all - open RECENT and delete them all - open COOKIES and delete them all - open HISTORY and delete them all ...

If you don't mind having to sign in again or give your password again when you're going to sites you visit often ... me, I don't care and I prefer to clean all the garbage out every time I'm signing off ...

In fact, I found a program called 'Disk Cleaner' that I run automatically when signing on and it does all that and more for me ...

I've been using it now for about a week and now don't have to do the routine I told you about up above in this message ...

You'd be surprised how much crap Windows/Microsoft 'saves' for you, especially without you even knowing it ...

Pepper Kay

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by WabbitKiller / December 9, 2004 12:14 AM PST

Well i don't ever use the remember me option that is available at any sign in so to me it is no big deal to sign in to any site i visit .. i was just wondering if deleting them was ok because i had heard that it can cause problems to do so . Thanks for the help . BTW as for that disk clean program .... where do i find it ? I was thinking of deleting temp files and cookies to help free up some memory and hopefully get the puter working a little better . Happy

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by mikpop / December 9, 2004 7:48 PM PST

Replying to Wabbitkiller.
The software can be obtained from :-
http://www.ccleaner.com/

I use this software, you can obtain it free but I would advise you contribute a payment because you will then get updates automatically

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Kindearth / December 10, 2004 3:05 AM PST

I just downloaded CCLEANER, it appears quite impressive. It's very fast, it allows you to easily pick and choose which type of files you wish to delete. I chose to keep my cookies, I like being memorable. It acted as an internet eraser, and even fixed problems with files in my registry.
I am pleasantly pleased.
Thank's, for the tip.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by gripstock / December 15, 2004 10:14 AM PST

Thanks for posting the link to this software.
I have used it on seven computers so far with NO problems. Some of them it made faster some it didn't
I have seen it find anywhere from 64MB of junk to a whopping 450MB.

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Some ''history'' on the subject.
by Cursorcowboy / December 9, 2004 8:17 PM PST
i was just wondering if deleting them was ok because i had heard that it can cause problems to do so . Thanks for the help . BTW as for that disk clean program .... where do i find it ? I was thinking of deleting temp files and cookies to help free up some memory and hopefully get the puter working a little better .

"Flirting with disaster" in my opinion, but. . .."
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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll ! (Disk Clean)
by shinycars / December 10, 2004 2:02 AM PST
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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by jlyle / December 12, 2004 5:48 AM PST

Wabbitt, temporary internet files and cookies have absolutely nothing to do with memory....only hard drive space

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by icee1 / December 9, 2004 7:33 PM PST

you can set up internet explorer to delete temp files tools/internet options/general tabs, just select days to keep temp files , 0. You can delete cookies here too

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Re: Agree with Chuck T
by jmss36 / December 11, 2004 10:49 AM PST

After using my 'old gieser' (Win 98SE), when I delete all of my cookies, I find my computer more sluggish when using the web. I would be very selective in deleting your cookies, no matter what type of OS you use. Cookies can help, yet they also can build up too.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Willy / December 8, 2004 12:57 PM PST

Temp and cookies can be deleted. The key is don't be crazy about it. Generally speaking cookies do get regenerated as websites will need them for that time there, you can be rid of them once away from the website, but again they do get regenerated as you visit the same website that uses cookies. As for temp files, that's what they are "temp files" thier need was temporary for whatever reason and can now be rid of.

good luck -----Willy

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Manakra / December 9, 2004 5:02 PM PST

Well, its an twofold answer for an twofold question.

If you have something that you play often (like maybe Yahoo Games) and it keeps track of your passwords and such, then maybe you shouldnt delete all cookies or internet files.

But other then that, it is completely safe, and (I personally think) it should be done on an weekly basis.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Yeoville / December 9, 2004 9:21 PM PST

Cookies are used for tracking your internet usage. Some sites allow you to tailor your profile so that your preferences are ?remembered? every time you visit. E.g., the kind of news you are interested in, the weather where you live, your star sign (when offering a horoscope), the sports news you want. Your password can be stored so that you do not have to key it in.

All this is pretty good, but may be abused. So some people advocate deleting all your cookies.

Most of the other temporary internet files are stored by Internet Explorer as you visit sites or read mail. I have found them very useful as I am able to look up a web page I visited before, without having to reconnect to the internet.

However, this allows other people to see what web sites you have been visiting, so many people never keep these temporary files (secure pages are usually not retained in the directory). And browsing speed seems to be affected as the number of files increase (IE has an option to check whether a page has been updated since you last retrieved it ? this could save time in not having to download the page, but takes timie to check). Disk space is also taken up, although you can limit the amount of space used.

For these last reasons I delete the temporary internet files regularly, but usually retain all my cookies.

Hope that helps.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Maiko / December 9, 2004 9:39 PM PST

As a win xp user with a cable internet connection, before shutting down I run disk cleanup followed by 2 third party sweepers. One to find & delete unnecessary or infrequently used files & programs including recycle bin. The other concentrates on internet clutter. Recommend running spyware/adware removal too.

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Cookies and Temp files
by momule / December 25, 2004 5:17 AM PST

Lots of paranoia out here in puter world about cookies it seems. Perhaps understandably so but... cookies do nothing but enable web pages to remember your info. If you're going on porn sites and you don't want your wife to see a "hey welcome back Bob" sign if she goes into your history then, delete the cookies all the time. I use Amazon and CNET and others and want those places to remember my settings in order to make it easier for me to use their sites. Cookies, as one member said, do not use memory, only hard drive space, and the usage is hugely minimal. Face it, if we are going to live in an interactive, computer based world we have to put up with the technology that enables it. Perhaps they should not have named them cookies.. As for temp internet files, they also take up no memory and, like cookies can be erased but do aid in faster web browsing to sites you use...and can be modified to not be stored via settings in IE etc. The trade off is slight slowness in browsing. I think the whole topic is "much ado about nothing" myself. My humble opinion of course.....

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by genos79 / December 9, 2004 10:26 PM PST

well from my experience I delete all of them files and cookies and it doesent seem to affect me any I run windows xp and I do this 1 time a week because I spend alot of time on the net going to thousands of sites doing research for different people on sevral things it might slow you down just a little at first on the sites you visit most but after you go to them once it has no problem

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Michael00360 / December 9, 2004 11:55 PM PST

You can manually delete the files if you want. Or if you want to play it safe, use the disk cleanup tool. Windows knows which files it should and should not delete. You can find this program on all Windows versions from 95 on up. It is located under the Start Menu, Programs, Accessories, System tools. Just click Disk cleanup and it will find temporary files that can be deleted. If you wish, you can choose to delete these files or leave them. You can even view the files in the folder. Just remember that if you use the "remember password" for your email in the web browser, you will have to type in the password again once you delete the cookie.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Carman / December 10, 2004 2:08 AM PST

This is an interesting question, and the answer can increase the performance of your computer immensely.

All Temporary files can be deleted prior to sign off of the internet every time or if you are having performance problems of your pc, they can be deleted during your online session at any time. The temporary files are all the fonts pictures, links, music, and everything that the web pages contain that you have visited during that online session. They are not needed unless you will visit that web page again the next time you go online. For me it is just as easy to let the page completely load again.They just take up a lot of disk space, especially if you visit a lot of web pages. A hint, if I find a picture, wav or Mpeg that I want it is easy to retrieve it from temporary files and save to hard disc prior to deleting temporary files.


Cookies are a different story. If you are a member of a lot of services ( banking on the net, dvd clubs, book clubs, horoscopes sent daily etc....) via the net then you probably do not want to delete all of your cookies. I have found out that it is a big hassel to go to the site, and have to remember my login name every time. By not deleting all your cookies the web pages come up with your login name and all you have to do is add your password to sign in. I never store passwords on my pc!!!!!!!!! Never.
Never ever remove all cookies!!
I have found an easy way to find which cookies are needed. Which cookies might be added by spyware or a trojan horse, and how to easily get rid of the ones you don't need. I am explaining this for a novice computer user.

1.Go to Http://www.grisoft.com They have free viral protection. But they also have a spyware program that you can download that will let you know if spyware or trojans are on your computer. Spyware and Trojans add cookies to your computer, So even if you have had one in the past,and gotten rid of it, if you don't manually delete the cookies they can come back. Download and install the program and run it.
It will list all offending cookies.

2.Keep that list handy on your desktop.

3.Open Windows explorer look at the left side of the window that comes up for the explorer program,[ if you have a windows program installed that doesn't show this list, you will see a place where you can click on show files or show tree) then open My computer, open C drive or your main drive that windows is on, open program files and then Windows( opening means the + mark in front of an item listed should be clicked to turn to a - mark) this lists all the files in that program below it. Then you can scroll down and find cookies in the Windows file.

4.Click on the cookies to highlight it, and look to the right. All your cookies will be listed.

5.You can hover your mouse button over each of the files to see if it matches the list.

6.Right click on each file that matches those from the list on your desk top, and delete it. It will ask if you want to send it to the recycle bin. Click yes.

7. Once you have gone through the list, and removed all the cookies that the software found, then you can go through the list in your explorer again and remove any other cookies that you know for sure you do not need.
If you do this on a regular basis you will know which ones you want to keep. If you don't know what a cookie is for, right click on it, and click the properties from the menu that comes up. This should tell you where the cookie came from. If it is from a software program that you want access to the net, or from a service on the net you are signed up for, do not delete it. Otherwise get rid of it!

8.Once you are done, make sure you open the recycle bin and delete all files sent there.

This is time consuming, the first time but when you are online, you will have less pop-ups, less programs getting files from the net while you are trying to do something else, which causes a computer to have performance problems while online. I hope this helped you with your question, and also on how to get rid of those nasty cookies!
Carman

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Coopmeister / December 21, 2004 5:42 AM PST

The original question referenced temporary internet files but has migrated to deleting files in the temp folder. Deleting files in the temp folder can and does cure a multitude of problems. However, you DO NOT want to delete anything in the temp folder after a software install until after you have rebooted your computer. Many install programs leave things deliberately in the temp folder so it can finish an install after the reboot. If it looks for the files and they are not there, the install will not be complete and the program may not work correctly.

P.S. If you try to delete a file in the temp folder that is in use, you will get an access denied error and will not be able to delete it. You can usually close down all running programs and clean out the whole directory.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by Toscane / December 10, 2004 3:34 AM PST

For as long as I can remember,I routinely delete EVERY cookie, visited places, temporary files etc... each time I leave my Internet browser with no ill effects whatsoever.
Toscane

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by keyhoti2 / December 10, 2004 5:11 AM PST

If you have Spybot S&D installed and/or other stuff which will do the same, e.g. System and Internet Washer, then (in the case of Spybot) go into the adnanced mode.

Click "settings" and you will find that you have access to a variety of things, including cookies. But the relevant thing is cookies, so click on the symbol and then you will see a list of cookies which you can choose to keep or delete.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by boabyd / December 10, 2004 5:21 AM PST

this is what I did.
I downloaded Window Washer which cost $29-95
what it does is cleans out your computer that has cookies in there. It also cleans out the temp folder which will help your computer run better. You can set it to run either when the computer is started,and or when you are finished using the computer.It does not go after spyware or crapware, that would be another program such as ad-ware se { which will also cost you} they are very good programs. I also have spybot search and destroy {free program} all these products are very good which I have been using for years in my computers.
There is also a free download of Ad-ware try it see if you like it. Once your computer is cleaned from the cookies etc it should run better.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by trapper / December 10, 2004 6:21 AM PST

I always delete the temp files at the end of the day. Cookies too, because I'd rather have to resign into a site than have the cookies on my comp doing things I don't know about.
If you are looking to free up space on your comp this way, and are running XP, don't forget to go to C:\Windows\Prefech and clean that out as well. It really piles up in there! Take everything out but the 'layout' file.
Good luck.

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by pain_viande / December 10, 2004 7:52 AM PST

Its very safe to delete a internet temp file. That means that you are full of those temp files. Go on your Desktop and locate the icon " the internet icon or the round picture that is like the world globe". Right click on it,go in proprities and you will see a place at the top of the window, asking if you whant to delete the files, and theire is a lille box that you can put a check mark in; and it says { do you whant to delete all the files, after you put your check mark in the little box, click yes or the enter key on your keyboard. Even in the same box, below it promt you to delete your cookies, go for it, click ok. That will speed up your PC . Better than that; after you are done, do a defrag, that will speed up your pc up to 30% faster. If you have any questions, or you did not understand the way I explain to you; just e-mail me at gbeauchamp@travel-net.com

See ya

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by pain_viande / December 10, 2004 7:54 AM PST

Its very safe to delete a internet temp file. That means that you are full of those temp files. Go on your Desktop and locate the icon " the internet icon or the round picture that is like the world globe". Right click on it,go in proprities and you will see a place at the top of the window, asking if you whant to delete the files, and theire is a lille box that you can put a check mark in; and it says { do you whant to delete all the files, after you put your check mark in the little box, click yes or the enter key on your keyboard. Even in the same box, below it promt you to delete your cookies, go for it, click ok. That will speed up your PC . Better than that; after you are done, do a defrag, that will speed up your pc up to 30% faster. If you have any questions, or you did not understand the way I explain to you; just e-mail me at gbeauchamp@travel-net.com

See ya
Posted by: pain_viande

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Re: Got an interesting question for ya'll !
by law_john / December 10, 2004 9:35 AM PST

Yes it is fine to delete temp. files. The only thing is that if you were downloading something but canceled it keep the temp files because the download can resume itself from the canceled point.
Delete cookies from sites you don't use to sign into. If you do then web sites won't remember your sign-in info.
(to search for temp files do a windows search and type in "*.tmp")
(you can find cookiesthrough this directory C:\Documents and Settings\[your user name]\Cookies

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