How to Delete Temporary Internet Files

Every time you view a website, no matter which browser you use, cache (a component that transparently stores data so that future requests for that data can be served faster) files are created in temporary folders on the local computer’s hard disk, so the next time the user visits the cached website, only changed content needs to be downloaded from the Internet; the unchanged data is available in the cache.

This cached data remains on the computer’s hard drive until it is deleted. Therefore, if you want to delete this data, you must know how and where this data is located so that you can accomplish this task. The following is a list of some of the more popular browsers and how to delete these files.

Using The Program to Delete Cache Files (any operating system)

Firefox – 1. Open Mozilla Firefox. 2. To do a quick clear choose Tools and then Clear Recent History. 3. To do a more tailored clear choose Tools, Options, Privacy, Settings and choose what you want to clear there. Then click OK and then OK.

Google Chrome – 1. Open Google Chrome, 2. Click on the Wrench , 3. On the left side of the screen choose Under The Hood, 4. Click Clear Browsing Data, 5. Choose what you want to delete.

Internet Explorer – 1. Open Internet Explorer, 2. Use the pull down Tools or click the Tools Icon and choose Internet Options, 4. Under the General Tab click the Delete button under Browsing History and put a checkmark in the Delete browsing history on exit.

Safari – While in the Safari browser, click on Edit, choose Reset Safari, and then choose the items you want to reset. Currently there is no way to access the actual files when using Safari.

You can also manually clear all cache data by accessing the folder where this data is stored and highlighting and deleting. It is suggested that this should only be done if you have a expert knowledge of these operating systems. Here is where that data is stored:

Location of Cache Files in Windows XP

Firefox – C:Documents and Settings[User Name]Application DataMozillaFirefoxProfiles (it is not suggested to delete files from this directory because all your tweaks will be deleted as well. Use the steps in #1 above to delete cache files)

Google Chrome – C:Documents and Settings [User Name]Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultCache

Internet Explorer – C:Documents and Settings[User Name]Local SettingsTemporary Internet Files

Safari – See Safari instructions above.

 

Location of Cache Files in Windows Vista

Firefox – C: Users (User Name) AppData Local Mozilla Firefox Profiles (it is not suggested to delete files from this directory because all your tweaks will be deleted as well. Use the steps in #1 above to delete cache files)

Google Chrome – C:Users(User Name) AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultCache

Internet Explorer – C:Users(User Name)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files

Safari – See Safari instructions above.

Location of Cache Files in Windows 7

Firefox – C:Documents and Settings[User Name]Application DataMozillaFirefoxProfiles (it is not suggested to delete files from this directory because all your tweaks will be deleted as well. Use the steps in #1 above to delete cache files)

Google Chrome – C:Users(User Name) AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefaultCache

Internet Explorer – C:Users(User Name)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files

Safari – See Safari instructions above.

2 Responses to How to Delete Temporary Internet Files

  1. Abe Noda says:

    Hey There Mecomputerservices,
    Very interesting, Much has been written about temporary internet files. To my amazement, there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about how these files are put on your computer and the effect they have on your computing experience. Some articles claim these files slow your computer to a crawl, others indicate they are memory hogs. While some indicate that these files only affect the MS Internet Explorer browser.
    Nice One!

  2. admin says:

    Try navigating to the folder where these files are stored (in Windows 7 in Windows Explorer go to C:Users(User Name)AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files in Windows 7) and delete them from this location. You can choose to delete or not your cookies when doing this, close your browser and reopen it and navigate to tools-internet options-settings-view files and see if you can see your files now.

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