Removing 300MB of temporary internet files because IE doesn't

Posted on 2006-03-31
Last Modified: 2008-03-06

I'm using IE6 on Windows XP.

In IE, I have set the maximum size for Temporary files to be 200MB and have just pressed "Remove files". The Temporary internet files directory only appears to contain some cookies now, which I haven't deleted. So, everything seems to be OK.

However, I believed that I should have more free disk space by now, so I ran a disk scanning utility (FolderInfo V2.18) and it showed that, although invisible, the Content.IE5 folder within the Temporary internet files directory (C:\Documents & Settings\Luc\Local Settings\Temporary internet files\) still has about 300MB of space used, divided over about 20 subfolders! These are mainly javascipt files, named somewhat similar to "13[5].js", but it also has some .html files and some other file types.

How can I delete these files without destroying anything and why doesn't IE remove them?!

Thanks in advance,

Luc Derckx
Question by:IThema
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    Expert Comment

    Hi IThema,

    How can you delete them? With Explorer! Just open those folders, for secure look for the files older than "yesterday", and delete all of them!
    Why doesn't IE erases them?... I also would like to know!

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    Greetings, IThema !
    >>How can I delete these files without destroying anything and why doesn't IE remove them?

    Content.IE5 folder is invisible to Windows. So deleting Temporary Internet Files does not delete Content.IE5 folder files.  Go to Tools > Internet Options > General Tab > Delete Files.  Check "Delete all offline content". Click OK.

    To completely Deleting the Temporary Internet Files and index.dat (manual method)

        * Log on as Administrator and delete the desired <username> folder(s) and reboot.
          (or log on as another user that has Administrator privileges)

        * Hint: You can also press "Ctrl-Alt-Del" twice at the Welcome screen to bring up the Administrator account or download: "AddAdministrator.reg" to add the Administrator to the Welcome screen.
        * To use: right-click and select: "Save Target As", locate the reg file and right-click and select: Merge Ok the prompt and reboot. [more info]


    Best wishes!
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    Expert Comment


    I believe CCleaner will do it:

    Download and install the program.

    Start it and under the "Cleaner" section select/tick all options listed and then click the "Run Cleaner" button.

    Restart the PC when finished and test.

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    Hi IThema,

    just for reference, IE since the days of 1.0 do not need a lot of space for the temporary files.  It maybe advisable to set the space available to 20 MB.  The average web page does not contain a lot of info byte wise, 50-100kb at max.  And any pages that are stored for more than a week are probably beyond their useful life span anyway.  Caching on the local drive just improves the access time.

    Tools > Internet Options > Settings > Temporary Internet Files Folder

    If you want to change the cache size


    For deleting the internet temp files, you may want to check the Delete all offline content checkbox.

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    Author Comment

    War1, Excsmt,

    Checking "Delete all offline content" did the trick. I assumed I didn't have to do that, because I never make my favorites available offline, but appearantly, it considers javascript files as offline files.

    Ecnsmt, I followed your advice too.

    Everyone, thanks for commenting!


    Luc Derckx

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    Expert Comment



    You should consider using CCleaner, even if you found the solution for your problem elsewhere.

    It does help with your privacy and includes the (in)famous index.dat files cleanup.



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