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    Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    When I submit this I will probably crash out of IE. I'm having to put up with this for the moment - I submitted a post previously concerning this. However, as it crashes out, I believe it leaves me with a lot of files that I want to delete. I want to delete files contained in Temporary Internet Files, Downloaded Programs files and the Cache folder. The downloaded program files are ActiveX classes - one for an Office Update. The cache folder seems to contain contain the entire application of Adobe Acrobot 6.0 (which I installed elsewhere on my system recently). What do you reckon? Are there other files I can look at cleaning?

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    Andrew,

    You can go to IE options>general tab and delete the temporary Internet files, including off line files and also clear the history files, same place. Also anything in the temp folders.

    Best bet is to get a good utility like System Mechanic or Norton SystemWorks to do a more complete cleanout. It's amazing the amount of junk that accumulates in all of the folders.

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    Hi Andrew:
    In addition to the TIF & the history; go into DOS & delete Index.dat. I don't know what OS you're on; if it's XP, I would try deleting it from the command prompt. First, make sure that nothing else in running except Explorer.
    Hope this helps,

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    Doing this from within IE seems safer.. although it deletes cookies and so I have to sign in again to my e-mails system! What about the Downloaded Program Files - can I delete these?

    I tried to install Norton System Works before but it failed and left a load of rubbish on my computer. I'm trialling other stuff (SpyBot, Ultra WinCleaner, etc.) to clean up my computer. Any idea where I can check which folders Windows 98 creates and uses? I'd ideally like to delete other apps on my computer.

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    Andrew,
    IE options will only delete cookies, if you tell it to by clicking on the separate box in Temporary Internet files.
    Generally speaking, if there is a folder or files that you are unsure of, I just rename it by putting a # sign in front of the original filename or folder, then seeing what, if any reaction is made with the file or folder out of the picture. If there is a problem, just rename and remove the # sign. If it's an important system folder, it won't let you rename it.

    What kind of problem did you have with NSW? What version was it? Only 2003 or 2004 will work correctly with XP.
    Try the free trial of System Mechanic at SYSTEM

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    When you have installed software, why is it not a simple process to uninstall it!! Surely it knows what files it has created. Big Brother is watching you, and all applications want to leave 'calling cards' on your system.. as well as hundreds of unnecessary files. What software would you recommend to watch a software installation and then remove it ENTIRELY?1

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    You might want to give this freeware uninstaller a shot.

    get it at Smart Uninstaller

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    The Lotus SmartSuite used to be (maybe still is) meticulous about removing everything. It appears that some programs leave detritus behind in the belief that you want to reinstall them.
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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    Lotus SmartSuite was a nice little application. Does it still exist?! It's taken til MS Office XP for Excel to have colour-coded sheet tabs, which have been available in Lotus 123 for aeons.

    I find that almost every application that is installed leaves detritus on the computer. I want them to install ALL there files into one folder, and when you uninstall it for it to remove this folder and clear any Registry entries.

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    I'm having a look at this software. It looks very dangerous; it does give you much scope for making mistakes. I also receive this error message on clicking a few Conventional Entries:
    'Invalid Data Type for 'VersionMajor'.

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    I don't know fully how other systems work (Linux, Mac, etc), but it'll take a good few years (if ever) for the Windows system to get to that kind of performance by default.
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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    We had that in the DOS days, but we had to have drivers for every piece of hardware for each program <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Clearing out the rubbish (6 SR1)

    Linux keeps crap in so many different places, you just get used to the idea. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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