Windows collects lots of temporary files that can, over time, consume large amounts of disk space and slow system performance.
But even when you’re diligent about cleaning them out, some temporary files resist removal — and for good reasons.
How to give Windows a more thorough scrubbing
Like many of us, reader Bill Driscoll tries to keep his Windows system clean. And like many of us, he’s found it sometimes difficult.
- “I’ve been a paid subscriber to Windows Secrets for a few years now and always get something interesting out of every issue. I just read Fred Langa’s latest cleanup experience and once again acquired some new information.
“Before running Malwarebytes or any other anti-malware app, I’ve used ATF Cleaner and manually checked system folders (Windows’ Temp, Prefetch, and Local Settings\Temp). But even after I’ve cleaned up as much as I can, several hundred temp files remain.
“I can’t figure out why Microsoft tries so hard to protect \Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5 under each user profile and the profiles for LocalService and NetworkService.
“Any light you can shed on doing basic file cleanup — either manually or with utilities — would be appreciated.”