View Full Version : i just deleted 19,100 temp internet files

06-10-2001, 07:59 PM
i use win 98se , and here's my story:
my pc started being naughty............ out of memory errors, apps working soooo slow. hmmm there's something going on here i thought.
after typing *temp* into "find all files" i chose temporary internet files folder and nearly fell off my chair when it opened up. i had accrued 19,100 temp files in 3 months on the net!

i pushed ctrl + a SPAMto select all, right click on any highlighted area and chose delete from the menu. remember to empty your recycle bin too!
next up was a defragment to tidy up the harddrive and viola! my pc is happy again and so am i SPAM;D

06-10-2001, 09:25 PM
I have a monthy cleaning day on my PC. SPAMI do these things and it keeps my computer running fast.

1)Delete all TEMP internet files
2)Delete all temporary files
3)Delete all files that i do not need anymore
4)Empy recycle bin
5)Run ScanDisk
6)Run a full defrag.

If you do this once a month your puter should stay in tip-top shape

06-12-2001, 09:45 PM
wow..thats alot of internet files, all pr0n i bet SPAM:D j\k

how many megs/gigs was that?

06-13-2001, 03:09 AM
im not sure how many megs, but when i hit delete my hdd flogged for about 5 minutes dumping them all!!
some was pr0n, alot was college stuff, some was mp3 sites, u know all the usual stuff !!!

06-18-2001, 06:44 PM
Ack?! Defrag once a week is cool like tha Admin' said. Also to help keep your temp file woes to a min, try setting your browser to empty temp files to delete each time you exit :)

Another choice is to lower/heighten how much you want your cache to store . I keep mine at 128 but you can always adjust it SPAM:-* It's in settings for Temp Internet files.

06-20-2001, 04:16 AM
cool. thanx for the tips D.V. and admin.
i modified my autoexec.bat file to delete all cookies and temp files upon startup. it works a treat.

06-20-2001, 07:17 PM
Yep yep not a prob. Since I'm very deprived and have a shitty system, so I get the pleasure of clearing out my cache all the time. I can imagine how shocked you felt when you saw all those files :D With the nifty tricks I've learned over the past few years, it still runs nice considering it's well past it's prime ( old 233Mhz by Vision Technologies SPAM)

07-09-2001, 05:23 AM
hey DV, i found a snappy free app that minces temp files and cookies with a couple of clicks its called "cookie monster II". i just built a new pc and can't seem to get the modded auto exec bat file thing to work properly on this one (weird huh?). ???

have you tried overclocking your old 233 DV? i seem to remember most of those old cpu's doing 266 and some did around 280ish (hey its free speed)

my record is a little over 5000 temp files in one day. pretty good huh. ;)
ps like your pic

07-09-2001, 05:25 AM
edit: awww poodoo!! i did the double post thing so i edited this one.

umm (ill have to add something meaningful now) err ... go here for freebies and shareware:


enjoy 8)

08-14-2001, 07:29 PM
Try a cache manager like CacheSentry available at http://www.mindspring.com/~dpoch/enigmatic/cachesentry.html

Grinnin Reaper
12-11-2001, 07:51 PM
Here's an even easier way to keep it under control:

Goto Tools
Internet Options
Advanced tab
Scroll to the bottom to Security
Check Empty Temporary Internet File folder when browser is closed.

Sure it's a security feature but it keeps the folder pretty clean. SPAMOnly down side I've seen is it doesn't clean out cookies.

12-23-2001, 07:01 PM
Yeah, it's generally a good idea to keep that stuff pretty clean. SPAMJust keep stuff to the extent that it will speed up page loads. SPAMSome of us **cough cough**dialup**cough cough** still have issues with that SPAM>:(.

02-23-2002, 01:08 PM
You can also adjust the amount of disk space you allow for Temp Internet files. The default is a percentage of your hard drive the bigger the hard drive the bigger the space is going to be. I've worked on system where they've had over 900 MB alocated for Temp Internet Files. What a waste of space.

If you have a high speed connect turn of caching altogether, why would you need it? If you're on dialup, then set your cache to say 30MB or less. Anything more is over kill.

I cache nothing so have nothing to delete. Loading and running third party software to do it for you is defeating your purpose. You're just loading more software into memory using resources, also setting up scheduled items uses resources as well. Replace one with another and you have acheived nothing.

Just a friendly suggestion on the scandisk defrag thing too if I may. The only time you need to run scandisk is when defrag will not run. The first 10% of defrag is actually checking your drive for errors, if there are none it will continue and defrag the hard drive, if it finds error's then it will tell you to run scandisk. Just a step saver in the ol maintenance arena.

Later guys.

02-23-2002, 03:18 PM
Adaware is also useful to clean stuff out.

03-29-2002, 09:51 PM
yeah adware is a good thing to delete and adaware is good at that.

you know how i keep my system in tiptop shape? format it every two weeks or less. he he he. ;D SPAM;);D SPAM;);D SPAM8);D

04-18-2002, 08:29 PM
if you do a [Shift] + [Delete] you by-pass the Recycle Bin, another little time saver.

05-20-2002, 09:14 AM
Yeah, I always use Shift + Delete now. It's kind of a bad thing, because on occasion I accidentally delete things, and circumventing the Recycle Bin circumvents the ability to restore files. I guess I can deal with it though.

05-28-2002, 01:03 PM
how many times do you guys format it?

it looks like im formating my every 5 or 4 months.

and try to clean it out every 3rd week, run nortan,clean out temp files and all that other junk

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05-28-2002, 03:42 PM
2 weeks is ideal for me, and i clean out my harddrive almost everyday...just i haven't reformatted for 6 weeks now and iz driving me crazy

Omega, dont feel bad, you aint the only one on **cough cough**dialup**cough cough**.

05-29-2002, 09:23 AM
Tioga: Generally, I'd say that I reformat about ever 6 months. Sometimes when I reformat on that 6 month interval, I'll reformat several times in the span of about a week, just to mess around with stuff when I don't have anything to lose. If I was running Windows 98 still, I'm pretty sure I'd be closer to 3 or 4 month cycles, but Windows XP Professional has been serving me well, and Windows 2000 Professional had been doing well before that. I just got my Windows 2000 Advanced Server system set up, but I probably won't reformat that until the next Windows server OS comes out, because setting everything up is a pain.

Grinnin Reaper
05-29-2002, 10:44 AM
I'm allways tinkering with new software and end up on about a one month rotation. SPAMEither I've screwed the registry beyond repair, or gave Linux another try and now Have 4 or 5 partions and a screwed boot sector. SPAMI've had this install for a month plus and I think it's a new record for me. SPAMAlthough I'm itchin' to redo it first weekend I have a chance. SPAMAlso I do that trick I posted about empty TIF when browser exits and almost never empty it anymore except for cookies.