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    Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    I've just come back from trying to clean up a friends PC which got hit by the MsBlaster worm. There was no Anti Virus or firewall. So far I've isolated 4 different viruses.

    However, while checking, I found some 150,000 temporary files, which took ages to delete, even on a 2G machine.

    IE explorer was set to hold temp files for 7 days, but this pc was full of files dating back to September last year.

    I've tried a quick search of the net and so far failed to find any suggestion as to why they would not be deleted. Anybody got any suggestions please.


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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    Were these in Temporary Internet Files or Temp? The latter doesn't get cleaned out automatically by IE, and may be used by various installers, updaters, and so forth. Maybe even P2P software.

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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    Hi Colin,

    You must distinguish the general Temp folder used by many Windows applications from the Temporary Internet Files folder used by Internet Explorer. The 7 days setting is for the latter; I don't think that Windows has a setting to clean out Temp periodically; if there is, the Windows experts will jump in. No doubt there are third-party utilities that do this.

    In a standard Windows XP installation, both Temp and Temporary Internet Files are under Cocuments and Settings<username>Local Settings.

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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    I have found Temporary Internet Files, both current and no longer used, in several places on the hard disk. IE seems be a bit cavalier about where it puts them!

    In most instances each user (one or more) can get rid of temporary files by typing in a Command Prompt Window:
    DEL %temp%*.tmp /Q /S
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    DEL %temp%~*.* /Q /S

    But you have to deal with the _ISTMPn-type directories separately...
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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    Both were full of files, but the bulk were in the Temporary Internet file folder for each of the 6 users under Local settings. But IE 6 was set to delete Temp Internet files after 7 days

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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    Some applications, such as Windows Media Player, keep a link open to Internet while they are active; this might prevent the TIF folder from being cleared. Another point is that cookies and favicons aren't cleared; in the course of a few years one can accumulate LOTS of them!

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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    The WM player sounds a possibility. It wasn't cookies. Surprisingly, there were only a few hundred in each. The bulk were the usual gifs and JPG files. But their daughter does use Media player a lot.

    It would seem unlikely however thevery time over 9 months, for all 6 named users that Media Player was open every single time that IE6 was shut down. Seems unlikely.


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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    "took ages to delete" - If you did it via explorer, try the command (cmd) line the next time you want to delete a large number of files. It won't be instant, but should cut back the number of brews consumed while waiting.
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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    >> should cut back the number of brews consumed while waiting.
    Somehow I doubt that that was the ultimate goal...

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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> True enough <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    Yeah, I hope this is not a task that is repeated.


    But I was hoping that I could find out why the TIF folder was not emptied.


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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    <hr>But I was hoping that I could find out why the TIF folder was not emptied.<hr>
    Here's something that you can do -- set Temporary Internet Folders to be emptied automatically when your browser is closed. In your browser, select Tools | Internet Options | Advanced (alternately, Start | Control Panel | Internet Options | Advanced) and scroll down to the Security settings area. Check the option to 'Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed'. Once set, this will help keep the system clean.

    (I'm just completely boggled... 150k files! It must have taken forever to run defrags or AV scans! <img src=/S/drop.gif border=0 alt=drop width=23 height=23>)

    Another possible solution would be to severely limit the amount of disk space available for your TIF folder. That can be set through your Internet Options | General | Temporary Internet files | Settings | Amount of disk space to use. By default, Windows will allow the TIF folder to be huge, far larger than would be necessary in the majority of situations. Decreasing the amount of space will help avoid unnecessary clutter, but I can't really recommend an 'optimal' size since that will depend on your system's drive and your usage habits -- you can just keep reducing the size limit until you get to a number you are comfortable with.

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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    Remember that EACH account can have different settings, you need to check each and ALL accounts.

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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    Thanks for all the comments.

    I've been away for a few days so not able to acknowledge.

    Yes I had already reduced the time retained, and the space reserved, but I didn't realise I had to change for each user. Seems rathjer strange that administrator is not able to edit this setting globally.

    Yes 150k files took a while even on a 1.9Gb P4

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    Re: Temporary Files (Windows XP)

    It is NOT strange, as the admin can in deed may globale changes but they have to be made in the proper place. The user of each account can still in most cases come back and changed the settings to what they want.

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