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Deleteing files created during web-serch ?

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Hi !
On my old PC with windows -97, I had a relative good
knowledge about what and where files where created during web-search f.ex. TemporaryInternetFiles, cookies,
Index.dat and so on.
In my new 2000 system, I find it difficult to find
out what/where files are created.
Do they take up much space on the disk ?

Does anyone know ?

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Question by:skyberg
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Your temporary Internet files are located under:
C:\documents and settings\{username}\local settings\temporary internet files

Your Cookies are stored under:
c:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Cookies

Do they take up much space?
Cookies do not take up much space and are needed unfortunately for some site to remember your information correctly. I would leave them alone.
Temporory Intetnet Files. It's not that they do or they don't. They can and they might... You would need to adjust your Temporary Internet files settings to how much room you would like them to take up. Go to Tools> Intentet Options> General> Temporary Internet Files> Settings> adn then set the bar to how much space you want to reserve for Temporary Internet Files.

I hope this helps.
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by:shawndkc
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Those directories mentioned by jmiller47 are correct buy you can also get rid of the files in the C:\Documents and Settings\(USERNAME)\Local Settings directory as well.
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by:jmiller47
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Files though, don't delete the directories....
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by:skyberg
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Okay guis, I have found it and won't delete the directorys
Are You sure that's all ?
The file Index.dat is placed in more dirs.
In the -97 system it took some space and contained adresses
to some advertising firms.
What about Registry, is that updated as well ?

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by:jmiller47
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Well, your History...

I suggest getting TweakUI and having it empty all of those things...

If you're that worries about that info, turn your history to keep 0 days, temporary internet files to 1 MB ( Thats the lowest setting...) And don't accept any cookies.

I suggest against all of these extra measures. There usually is no reason for it and hinders your internet surfing experience...

Oh, and if this is work machine that you are surfing places and want to cover your tracks, forget about it. An administrator can put trackers on networks that can see who goes where no matter what they cover up... They can see it in real-time an log everything...

BTW - There is no such Operating System as Windows 97.... Only Windows 95 and Windows 98... I'm not sure where you got that from.
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by:jmiller47
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You can download TweakUI from here...

http://download.com.com/3000-2341-2830963.html?tag=lst-0-1
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by:skyberg
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Thanks a lot mr.
Sorry to be this late.
I have moved to a new place.

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