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Hidden files building up in my temp internet files, 222,000

222,000+ files that cannot be seen. they're taking up 8 gb of space. what can i do to show them and delete them? i've run adaware, all those guys, and while they're scanning, i can see them scan the files, but when i go into the temp file i can't find them. they have names like..

temporary internet files/content.ei5\cpqzolzn\ca4y60sm\ca53sge.asp

some end in dll.

i *think* this is what they are. any ideas? thanks.

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Download CCleaner

Download: CCleaner
Once installed, run CCleaner click the Windows tab

Select the following:
Internet Explorer:
Temp Internet
Recently Typed URLs
Delete Index.dat files

Empty Recycle Bin
Temporary Files
Memory Dumps
Chkdsk File Fragments
Old Prefetch Data

Next: click Options click the Settings tab
Uncheck: "Only delete files older than 48 hrs.", click Ok
Then click Run Cleaner (bottom right) then Exit (reboot)

Could you get rid of the files?

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downloaded and scanning....

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It's scanning now, has been for quite some time, so i'm sure it's having a time going through 222,000 files. hopfully it will be able to deal w/ them. i'll let you know in a sec. big thanks.

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It might have to run overnight....

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the programs seems to really be going through it. My temp folder is a challenge, so i'll let you know what happens tmrw. it'll take hours i think.

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Alas, the program stopped running twice/not responding....

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after some minutes it just stops responding. I went to task manager, ccleaner not responding. my CPU was operating at 100%. help. Happy

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IT WORKED! I did it again and....

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just took less than a minute, and walla, all clean. thank you so much. this has been plagueing (sp) me for a loooong time. big big thanks. Happy

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(NT) (NT) Rhonda, You Are Very Welcome :)

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A little confused re other settings (default)....

In reply to: Download CCleaner

Have dld'd and installed CCleaner and in using setting described here-in but am confused about those not mentioned as select or unselect.
Example: Under Inernet Temp you didn't say select cookies (selected by default). Does this mean un-select or where a specific is not mentioned (Whole explorer section) should leave default (selected) as is??
Thanks for the attention ! Happy

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Hi tobeach Happy

Was NOT my intention to confuse you Wink

Does this sound "better" for you?

- Start CCleaner
- If you want to keep the Internet Explorer Cookies, then unmark 'Cookies'
- If you want to keep the Internet Explorer History, then unmark 'History'
- If you want to keep Windows Log Files, then unmark 'Windows Log Files'
- you're using Mozilla's Firefox or Internet Suite
- Click the tab Applications
- If you want to keep the Internet History, then unmark 'Internet History' under 'Firefox/Mozilla'
- Click Run Cleaner. CCleaner will search for unnecessary files and delete them.
- When that is done, close CCleaner

I have taken OUT all other defaults and put in checkmarks which I want to be cleaned.

Also look under options !

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Thanks ! I wondered since several of the default....

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check marks were for things I wasn't sure about(or don't understand) and wanted to be sure I wouldn't for example wipe out my settings in "desktop Ini" etc. Thanks again to you & Roddy32. Happy

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(NT) (NT) tobeach - Glad WE could help you :)
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Also Tobeach, you can

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manage the cookies. I have some that I want to keep so if you click on "options" and then "cookies", you can move any that you want to keep to the right side and they won't be deleted.

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