How to Purge Temporary Files in Internet Explorer - dummies

How to Purge Temporary Files in Internet Explorer

By Dan Gookin

As you surf the web, your web browser picks up all sorts of stuff. Primarily, it collects media — pictures, sounds, videos — but also other information you see on any web page. All those items are known collectively as temporary files. You might also hear them referred to as the cache.

Normally, you have no reason to worry about temporary files. They exist to help web pages you frequent load faster. But temporary files also serve as digital fingerprints of places you visit. To remove these remnants, you can purge your computer of temporary files. Here’s how to do so in Internet Explorer version 8:

  1. Choose Safety→Delete Browsing History.

    The Delete Browsing History dialog box pops up.

  2. Place a check mark by the item Temporary Internet Files.

  3. Click the Delete button to confirm.

The files you deleted accumulate again as you revisit web pages. It’s nothing you can prevent — temporary files are part of the web browsing process. But you can delete those files every so often.

  • Yep, anytime you see porn on a web page, even if you visited the site “accidentally,” a copy of that image is retained on your PC as a temporary file. That is, until you delete the temporary files.

  • You can also delete temporary files by using the Disk Cleanup utility.