deleting Temporary Internet Files

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Jo-Anne, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    On my WinXP SP3 computer with IE7, I set Internet Properties-Advanced to
    "empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed." However, if
    I've visited more than a few websites, when I go to Internet Properties and
    click on Delete and then Temporary Internet Files, the program spends
    several seconds deleting these files. Shouldn't they have been deleted

    Thank you!

    Jo-Anne, Oct 14, 2008
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    Chris Guest

    Hi Jo-Anne...I dont know why it does that but it does and there is a sort of
    fix..go to start run
    in the window type CMD and enter this will open a DOS prompt at the cursor
    type cd/local settings then enter then type cd/temporary internet files then
    enter then type del *.*/s then enter and you will be asked if thats what you
    want to do het Y and then Enter. it will ask again hit Y and enter and the
    deletion process will start and at times it will stop and ask again so keep
    hitting y and enter till all files are gone. I do this about once a month to
    keep it all up to date.

    Chris, Oct 14, 2008
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  3. Jo-Anne

    Bruce Hagen Guest

    I can't remember when that option actually worked. Try CCleaner. A couple of
    clicks and you can delete TIFs, unwanted cookies, empty the Recycle Bin. You
    choose what you want removed.

    Bruce Hagen, Oct 14, 2008
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    Jan Kuipers Guest

    Jo-Anne wrote
    If you checked the option "empty Temporary Internet Files folder when
    browser is closed" then the cookies and favicons will remain in the
    You can see what is in the Temporary Internet Files folders by this way:
    Internet Properties > General > Settings under Browse history > Show
    When you manually delete the temporary internet files, the favicons will
    also be deleted. You can check after you applied the several options.
    Jan Kuipers, Oct 14, 2008
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    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, Chris! Sounds like this does what deleting Temporary Internet
    Files does, though. I gather from Jan's response that emptying the folder
    doesn't get rid of either cookies or Temporary Internet Files but deleting
    them in Internet Properties does.

    Jo-Anne, Oct 14, 2008
  6. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, Bruce! I've been meaning to give CCleaner a try anyway. Now is
    the time...
    Jo-Anne, Oct 14, 2008
  7. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, Jan! This suggests that emptying might be the better approach,
    since I do want to keep the Favicons (and I can delete the cookies
    separately). I've noticed that when I delete the Temporary Internet Files, I
    lose a few of the Favicons for a while (they revert to IE7 icons). Odd,
    though, that they're not more stable.

    Jo-Anne, Oct 14, 2008
  8. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Hi, again, Jan,

    Well, I tried first to manually delete cookies. That is, I exited IE7; and
    in Internet Properties-General, I clicked on Delete, then on Cookies. I
    opened Show Files and found that I still had hundreds of cookies and several
    Favicons. I then tried deleting all the Temporary Internet Files; and when I
    looked, I still had all the same cookies and Favicons. does one
    delete cookies? I'm beginning to think I'll need to use either Chris's DOS
    command or Bruce's third-party suggestion. Or perhaps just navigate to
    Temporary Internet Files and use CTRL-A, delete.

    Thank you!

    Jo-Anne, Oct 14, 2008
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    Chris Guest

    Hi Again Jo-Anne. The DOS command works best it clears out everything
    including hidden and files that wont delete from the folder in the normal
    view. A lot of files look like they delete but if you empty the folder close
    it down and exit and then go back the files are still there and some have
    been renamed. registry cleaners are a great help as well but really DOS works
    best for these files

    Chris, Oct 15, 2008
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    Kayman Guest

    ....and you won't regret it; ensure you tune out the registry
    scanning/fixing option!
    Download latest version of CCleaner - Free
    Cleans temporary internet files, cookies, history, recent urls, application
    MRUs, etc. ...
    The toolbar offered prior installation is not required!
    If Windows Defender is utilized click 'Applications' tab, under
    'Utilities' [uncheck] "Windows Defender" (so it won't delete the history of
    If you wish to have CCleaner run when the computer starts, click the
    'Options' button then 'Settings' [check] 'Run CCleaner when the computer
    Pending on your browsing habits you may wish to [uncheck] 'Only delete
    files in Windows Temp folders older than 48 houres'. This can be done when
    clicking the 'Advanced' button.
    Setup CCleaner to Automatically Run Each Night in Vista or XP

    Good luck :)
    Kayman, Oct 15, 2008
  11. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you again, Chris! I'll give it a try.

    Jo-Anne, Oct 15, 2008
  12. Jo-Anne

    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, Kayman! The details you've given here are extremely helpful!

    Jo-Anne, Oct 15, 2008
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    ju.c Guest

    The answer to your first question,

    "when I go to Internet Properties and click on Delete and
    then Temporary Internet Files, the program spends several
    seconds deleting these files. Shouldn't they have been
    deleted already?"

    is that that is normal behaviour.

    The best solution for you is to make 1 or more shortcuts for
    the task you want to execute and place them in your Quick
    Launch folder here:

    C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\

    These are the commands:

    Clear History From the Command Line
    For IE7 only, XP and Vista

    These commands may be executed via the Run box,
    a Shortcut, the Command Line or a Batch file.

    Temporary Internet Files
    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1

    Form Data
    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32

    Delete All
    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255

    Delete All - "Also delete files and settings stored by add-ons"
    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

    ju.c, Oct 15, 2008
  14. Jo-Anne

    Jan Kuipers Guest

    Jan Kuipers wrote
    Hi Jo-Anne,

    This I don't understand. When I manually delete cookies, all the cookies
    are deleted. And when I manually delete all temporary internet files,
    all the files, including the favicons but excluding the cookies are
    With the other option, empty temporary internet files folder when
    browser is closed, only the cookies and favicons remain in the folder.
    Are there such differences in the same program?
    But try the options that Bruce and Chris gave and see how that works?
    Jan Kuipers, Oct 15, 2008
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    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, ju.c! Could you point me to a source of information on how to
    create what's needed to delete the cookies? Would I create a file in Notepad
    with the appropriate commands, name it, and save it to the Quick Launch
    folder? Many years back I was able to create small batch files in DOS, but
    it's been a long time.

    Jo-Anne, Oct 15, 2008
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    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, Jan!

    Here's an interesting update. I recently bought a notebook computer running
    WinXP Pro SP3. I just discovered that the new computer deletes the cookies
    when I click on the "delete cookies" button in Internet Properties. My old
    desktop computer runs WinXP Home SP3, and it will not delete the cookies.

    I'm almost certain this behavior on the old computer started with IE7 and
    SP3. I had SP3 installed for me at a local shop in May, and they also
    installed IE7. Since that time, cookies apparently have not been deleted
    when I click on the appropriate button. I had wondered for a while why
    certain websites knew who I was even though I had deleted cookies. I assumed
    they had found another way of keeping track of my identity. Now I know the
    real reason.

    I wonder if anyone else could duplicate this problem in WinXP Home. The
    other possibility in the back of my mind is that I installed Norton Internet
    Security 2008 right after SP3 and IE7. Any chance it could be interefering?

    Jo-Anne, Oct 15, 2008
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    Jan Kuipers Guest

    Hi Jo-Anne,

    That is interesting. I also have Win XP Pro and this may be the reason
    for the difference in the way that cookies are deleted. But IE 7 and SP
    3 have nothing changed in the way my cookies can be deleted so I think
    it's the difference with XP Home. I can't tell you about XP Home because
    I never had this version but maybe others in this newsgroup know
    something more.

    About Norton Internet Security 2008, this could be another cause. Some
    third-party security programs make changes in the settings of Internet
    Explorer, but again, I am not sure about this.

    Let's see if anyone has the same experience!?
    Jan Kuipers, Oct 15, 2008
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    ju.c Guest

    Create a shortcut, right-click on the Desktop and select 'New-->Shortcut'.
    Paste one of the commands in the path box then name it. Drag the icon
    to the Quick Launch area. I use it all the time, way easier than the IE menu.

    ju.c, Oct 16, 2008
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    Jo-Anne Guest

    Thank you, ju.c! I think I understand what to do, and I'll file this tip in
    a folder on my hard drive. I've just downloaded CCleaner, however, and
    discovered that it does something I really like--it cleans out cookies
    except for the ones I specifically want to keep. I'll use that program for
    now but may well come back to the Quick Launch shortcut later.

    Thank you again,

    Jo-Anne, Oct 16, 2008
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    Bruce Hagen Guest

    it cleans out cookies except for the ones I specifically want to keep.

    That's what I meant by CCleaner removing *unwanted* cookies. <w>

    Bruce Hagen
    MS-MVP Outlook Express
    Imperial Beach, CA
    Bruce Hagen, Oct 17, 2008
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