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temporary internet files

by tcharon / May 13, 2006 5:44 AM PDT


What do the temporary internet files do?

I recently did a full system virus scan and noticed that there are a hell of a lot of these files.

Can I delete them?

Should I delete them periodically?

Thank You

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Re: temporary internet files
by Tufenuf / May 13, 2006 6:01 AM PDT
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Reply to Re: temporary internet files
by tcharon / May 14, 2006 4:01 AM PDT

thank you Tuf.

I was told that deleting the cookies for online banking can cause problems if you bank online.

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Re: temporary internet files
by Tufenuf / May 14, 2006 5:08 AM PDT
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Thanks, Tufenuf
by tcharon / May 14, 2006 2:36 PM PDT

Thank You again, Tufenuf.

I will check out the link.

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temporary internet files
by Spark1e / May 19, 2006 2:23 AM PDT

Thanks Tufenuf for the link to MSN. I'm still in the learning process and really appreciate people like you that can give us "good information" and "great links" that explain our questions.

I have some questions that I need help with and hope I get help from someone like you.

Thanks again.


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Free Cleaning Utility
by waseca kid / May 18, 2006 8:53 PM PDT

There is a great utility called CCleaner that can be used to remove temporary files, cookies, history files, and other files. It will automatically empty the recycle bin. Available at You can download, for free, and then configure the program to remove the files you deem necessary. I use it once or twice a week on my three computers, and it works great. It is simple to use and will speed up your computer, if you don't remove cookies and temp files on a regular basis.

BTW, CCleaner stands for Crap Cleaner.

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by waseca kid / May 18, 2006 8:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Free Cleaning Utility

I gave the wrong address for downloading CCleaner. It is

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RE: Free Cleaning Utility
by btljooz / May 19, 2006 9:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Free Cleaning Utility

There's a BETTER one. It's called Spybot Search & Destroy. It's FREE and a GREAT program. Not only does it give you a tool to clean your computer it helps protect it from a myriad of different types of ''mal-ware'' in the first place. You can download it right here in C/Net Downloads.

Or you can check out the program here:,GGLD:2005-18,GGLD:en&q=Spybot+Search+%26+Destroy

BEFORE downloading it.

A GREAT companion to SBS&D is AdAware SE also available here in C/Net Downloads.

If you want to check this program out before downloading you can do it here:,GGLD:2005-18,GGLD:en&q=AdAware+SE

BOTH are FREE! You can't beat that price for the protection the two programs coupled together can give!

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Max Internet Files
by timwerx / May 19, 2006 12:12 AM PDT

My suggestion is to go into Tools > Internet Options > Browsing History > Settings and set the cache to hold only 30 to 50 MB of files. I believe that's plenty, it will just about keep "on hand" the needed ones, your hard drive will be lighter, and you'll never know the difference.

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I tried that and DID notice a BIG difference
by btljooz / May 19, 2006 9:22 AM PDT
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Soooo, I went back to the default setting;)

FYI, I'm running the original version of Win XP Pro.

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