This blog will explain what temporary internet files and junk files are and how to remove them to increase the performance of your web browser.
Junk files are inevitable when working in a Windows based environment. These files include temporary Internet files that accumulate through a Web browser, or files left over by orphaned or uninstalled programs. Whichever situation that may occur, junk files will eat up storage space on your computer’s hard drive and eventually cause fragmentation of all files on a hard drive. When fragmentation occurs files are spread out in a severely unorganized manner. Contents of files and directories are scattered across across multiple locations on a hard drive’s internal platters, which causes Windows to work overtime to complete the most simplest of tasks.
Defragmentation is a process that works by reorganizing the contents and locations of files for quicker access. Defragmentation helps put things back in normal order to speed up the responsiveness of your Windows operating system.
Temporary internet files consist of various HTML, GIF, or JPEG images, or downloaded program files, and are often to referred to as cache memory. This cache memory is helpful in circumstances where a particular webpage is viewing multiple times during a Windows session. To help Windows flow smoothly these temporary files needed to be deleted on a regular basis, to make room for newer version of files stored in webpages.
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Remove Junk and Temporary Internet Files
|One location where junk files exist are in the Windows recycle bin. When you delete a file through Windows Explorer, the file gets moved to a location in the Windows recycle bin. The file is not actually deleted Windowsis instructed to “empty the Recycle Bin “.
Do one of the following:
During a Windows XP session, Windows creates numerous temporary files to help speed up general Windows operations.
However, these files can become useless after a while (such as when you log off a Windows session).
When this happens, one folder in particular that needs to emptied is labeled as follows:
C:\Documents and Settings\User Account\Local Settings\Temp
replace User Account with the name of your user account.
How To Remove Temporary Internet Files In Internet Explorer
1. Left click the Windows Start Menu.
2. Left click the Control Panel menu item.
After a short delay you will see the Internet Properties window as shown in Figure 1.3 in the next section.
On the general tab, left click the Delete Cookies button. A warning dialog box will appear similar to the one illustrated in Figure 1.4 in the next section.
Left mouse click the OK button to confirm the removal of all cookies.
When it’s complete the window will close and the Internet options window will be shown.
Left click the OK button to close that Window and the process should be completed.
Depending on the number of cookies stored up in your computer, this process may take a couple of minutes
Left click the Delete files button to remove all temporary internet files stored within the computer.
What To Do If Your Using Internet Explorer 8.0 or 9.0?
The tutorial in the previous section references Internet Explorer 7.0. If you are using an newer version the process is slightly different.
You will need to left click the Delete button on this window to remove temporary Internet files and browsing history.
How to Clear Private Data In Google Chrome
You have control over your browsing data. This data includes things like your browsing and download history and saved form data. Use the “Clear browsing data” dialog to delete all your data or just a portion of your data, collected during a specific period of time.
Delete all your data
- In the top-right corner of Chrome, click the Chrome menu .
- Select More tools > Clear browsing data.
- In the dialog that appears, select the checkboxes for the types of information that you want to remove.
- Use the menu at the top to select the amount of data that you want to delete. Select beginning of time to delete everything.
- Click Clear browsing data.
Delete specific items from your browsing data
Instead of deleting entire categories of your browsing data, you can pick specific items to delete. Click these links to see more instructions.
- Specific pages from your browsing history
- Specific downloads
- Specific passwords
- Specific cookies and site data
- Specific Autofill entries
How To Clear Private Data In Mozilla Firefox
Temporary Internet Files is known as Clear Private data in Mozilla Firefox. It allows you to clear private information such as browsing history, passwords, personal form information, and cookies, without having to access each tab and clear the content individually.
To Clear Your Private Data:
- Select Tools from the menu bar.
- Select Options from the drop-down menu.
Click the clear your recenty history link and you will be prompted with a window shown below:
- Select a time range to clear by using the drop-down selector to select a time frame.
In the details box check off the items you would like to clear and click Clear Now to proceed with the step.
You can also access the Clear Private Data dialog box by choosing Clear Private Data… from the Tools menu.
Other Location Where Junk Files Exist
You can find below the default locations where every internet browser is storing the temporary internet files depending on the operating system:
For Internet Explorer: most common location is:
C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files.
Occasionally an additional (hidden) cache named “Temporary Internet Files” may appear in the following locations:
C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Internet Files
C:\Documents and settings\LocalService\Temp\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5
Note: The last location can only be deleted by manually accessing the folder and removing it.
For Mozilla Firefox:
C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\xxxxxxx.default\Cache
For Google Chrome:
C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Cache
C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari\cache.db
C:\Documents and Settings\Local Settings\Application Data\Opera\Opera\cache
For Internet Explorer:
C:\Users\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\
C:\Users\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\
For Mozilla Firefox
For Google Chrome: