Delete Internet files

Advantages of deleting the temporary Internet files and how it can be done

Web pages are stored in the Temporary Internet Files folder of your computer when you view them in your web browser for the first time. This will help you to increase the pace of displaying of pages that you frequently visit or those that you have already viewed. This is because your web browser can open them from your hard disk instead of opening them from the web browser that you are using. The Temporary Internet Files (or cache) folder contains the web pages that are stored on your hard disk in the PC for immediate viewing. This cache will allow Internet Explorer to download only that content that has changed since you last viewed a webpage. This actually acts as a substitute for downloading all the content for a page every time it is displayed. If you want to erase the files in the Temporary Internet Files folder, you just have to follow some simple steps.

Guidelines for deleting the temporary Internet files from a PC are as follows:

  • Tips to delete temporary Internet files

  • Advantages of temporary Internet files

  • Drawbacks

Tips to delete temporary Internet files

Actually, it is a good idea to delete temporary Internet files once in a while to free hard drive space. First, open Internet Explorer by clicking the 'Start' button on the screen. You can see a search box and in that, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results that is displayed, click 'Internet Explorer.' Now click on the 'Tools' button, and then choose 'Internet Options.' After that, click the 'General' tab, and then, under 'Browsing history,' you should click 'Delete.' You can spot that in the dialog box of 'Delete Browsing History,' there are check boxes. You should choose the check boxes for the information you want to delete, and then click 'Delete,' and finally click 'OK.'

Benefits of temporary Internet files

The function of the Temporary Internet Files folder in your PC is to speed up the loading of the websites. In other words you can say that every time when you visit a webpage 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 webpage before, Internet Explorer uses your Internet connection only to check if the webpage has altered ever since the last visit. In majority of the cases if it is not changed and the Internet Explorer loads the page from the temporary Internet Files folder on your hard drive, it will quickly load the page. In addition to improving the speed of web browsing, the Temporary Internet Files folder also has a method called offline browsing, which gives you the capability to open the web pages from the cache even when you are not connected to the Internet.


Even though there are positive things about temporary Internet files, there are drawbacks too. This is because it compromises your confidentiality. They are called temporary but they are actually never deleted unless the cache is full and the temporary Internet files can reach up to very large size on the system. Everyone who has access to your PC will be able to look into your temporary Internet files folder and see the websites that you have visited.

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