those files(incl. Index.dat). Similar situation with Sun Java (2caches: 1 emptied with button, other very hard to find.Byte Verify virus likes the second). Mozilla runs 5 caches( CC gets all 5).
There is a very simple, free answer/cure you can get here:http://www.ccleaner.com/downloadbuilds.asp
Bookmark/Add to favorites the above link as you'll want to use that page about once/month for new, updated versions.
On that page download & install either "Slim" version(English Only) or''Basic''version(multi language support).Then visit link below & save page as text to print out, so as to have on hand during install. It describes what all those check boxes you see are, which can be or not be marked for cleaning. Personally, I don't have any tick marks in IE Advanced section at bottom of Cleaner page.Here:
This will clean all you asked & much, much more !
I have mine set up to run cleaner on Boot-up(Options>Settings) and I also manually run via right click on Recycle Bin (less than 5 seconds to run) immediately Before & After each net visit. While on Settings page: UNCHECK Auto check for updates!! It'll take you to a version(full) with Yahoo(Adware) Toolbar included(thats why you'll want to use top link each month).
Don't be surprised if it removes 20-50 megs on initial pass! In future, you'll only need to run Defrag as needed. You're gonna Love It!!
Can someone fill me in on the files ( content.ie5 & history.ie5 ). There are more than one instance of these files scattered about Windows. The primary one I am wondering about is in ... /[current user]/local settings/Temporary Internet files/content.ie5. The 2 things are this. 1) It is soo well hidden, that if you don't know it's there you will never see it. One has to make use of the command window and address it directly. 2) This file grows constantly as you use IE. It also grows when one tells IE to clear all cache and history files. It becomes unusally large, over 2 to 3 gigs, or more. I am using XP PRO /SP2, but these files are in all windows from 98 up I think. Any insight would be appreciated.