Temporary Internet Files in Windows® 7
Do you want to know about temporary Internet files in Windows 7 system and the tips to delete them?
Webpages are stored in your Temporary Internet Files folder when you view them in your web browser for the first time. This will help you to speed up the display of pages you frequently visit or those that you have already seen. This is because Internet Explorer can open them from your hard disk instead of from the Internet. The Temporary Internet Files (or cache) folder contains the webpage content that is stored on your hard disk for immediate viewing. This cache will permit Internet Explorer or MSN Explorer to download only the content that has changed since you last viewed a webpage. This actually acts as an alternative of downloading all the content for a page every time it is displayed. If you want to delete the files in the Temporary Internet Files folder, you just have to follow some simple steps.
More about temporary Internet files and tips to delete them in Windows 7 system are given below:
- Tips to delete
- Advantages of temporary Internet files
Tips to delete
In order to delete temporary Internet files, there is a simple procedure that anyone can follow. Actually, it is a good idea to delete temporary Internet files periodically to free hard drive space. First, open Internet Explorer by clicking the 'Start' button. Now click the 'Tools' button, and then click 'Internet Options'. After that, click the 'General' tab, and then under 'Browsing History', click 'Delete'. You can see that in the 'Delete Browsing History' dialog box, there are check boxes. You should select the check boxes for the information you want to delete, and then click 'Delete' and finally click 'Ok'.
Advantages of temporary Internet files
The purpose of the Temporary Internet Files folder in your PC is to speed up the loading of the webpages. In other words, you can say that every time when you visit a web page with Internet Explorer, the browser first checks to see if the webpage and its pictures are already in the Temporary Internet Files cache. If you have visited the same page before, Internet Explorer uses your Internet connection only to check if the webpage has altered ever since the last visit. In most cases if it is not changed and the Internet Explorer loads the page from the Temporary Internet Files folder on your hard drive, which is many times faster than loading the page from the web. Besides improving the speed of web browsing, the Temporary Internet Files folder also makes possible the technique named offline browsing, which gives you the facility to open the webpages from the cache even when you are not connected to the Internet.
Despite of the positive things about temporary Internet files in Windows 7, there are drawbacks too. This is because it compromises your privacy. They are called temporary but they are actually never deleted unless the cache is full and the Temporary Internet Files can reach very large size on the computer. Everyone who has access to your PC will be able to look into your Temporary Internet Files folder and see the sites that you have visited in the past. Even though you shall manually delete the contents of Temporary Internet Files folder but this will not erase all traces of the pages. This is because a special file called Index.dat is placed in this folder and it will still conserve the names and even the dates of your visits to webpages.
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