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Safe to delete Temporary Files?

By aege125
Sep 30, 2007
  1. I did a Disk Cleanup scan (Windows utility) and i was wondering if it is safe to delete the Temporary files (not internet) because its taking up 4.5 million KB.

    Does it automatically delete overtime? If I delete now, will it affect my applications/programs/games?
     
  2. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

    if it's that big then i'd delete it ;)

    it might cause some programs to clear the "recently opened files" thingy but other than that i don't think it'll affect your programs
     
  3. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 TS Rookie Posts: 563

    4.5 million kb??!?! lol, thats 4 gigs of temporary files..... lol, did you install quake 4 in there?? if u havn't actually installed something into that folder, i'd get rid of it. Its taking up space and slowing down your pc....

    Spyder_1386 :)
     
  4. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    CCleaner (crap cleaner) is a very safe program to use for quick effective cleaning.

    There is a reliable registry cleaner built in also.
     
  5. sghiznaneck

    sghiznaneck TS Maniac Posts: 544

    If you have that much junk in your temp files, how much junk is in your Windows Prefetch folder (assuming you are running XP)?
     
  6. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Temp files are usually files left over from a setup. Sometimes they get cleaned up, but yours should never have been allowed to get to large.

    Do a search for .tmp files on the system. Select them all> Delete.

    The only exception is if you have recently in last day or two installed new software. If so, that file should be allowed to remain for up to a week.

    Are you doing regular maintenance of the system, to include the disc cleanup, Error Check, defrag, scans with AV and at least two spyware/adware programs? Possibly you are doing it frequently enough.

    Bobbye
     
  7. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    Or just run CCleaner to get rid of temp, prefetch, index .dat, memory dumps and on and on and on.

    Why make a huge task out of it when it is taken care of automatically with CCleaner.
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Full article HERE.

    In other words, don`t set Ccleaner to clean out the prefetch folder. ;)

    Other, than that, Ccleaner will do an excellent job of getting rid of junk files and freeing up space.

    I agree with evilfantasy that using Ccleaner is the quickest and easiest way.

    You should also take a look at this thread HERE.

    Edit: More prefetch info can be found HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    I do not agree with the necessity for keeping the Prefetch files. I have seen sites there that I "never" went back to! I delete the Prefetch files and have not experienced any problem from doing do.
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    You are of course entitled to your opinion. However, it is known that emptying the prefetch folder does actually degrade system performance, if only temporary and is totally unnecessary.

    See the articles below.

    http://www.edbott.com/weblog/archives/000743.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prefetcher

    http://www.edbott.com/weblog/archives/000024.html

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdnmag/issues/01/12/XPKernel/default.aspx Scroll down to Prefetch.

    I used to clean out the prefetch folder myself, until I read the articles.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  11. evilfantasy

    evilfantasy Banned Posts: 428

    Great information Howard.

    Thanks for the heads up. ;)
     
     
  12. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    it is totally safe, however Howard is correct. It will take longer to fetch pages as you will have none to refer to. I generally also do not delete firefox cookies.
     
  13. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,392   +36

    Is there some reason why you don't delete Firefox Cookies? I find it the easiest of the browsers.

    Tools> Options> Privacy> Show Cookies> highlight and click on Remove. Gone!

    I delete all but the few I keep on for ID.
     
  14. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Yeah me too. Except, I use the option in Ccleaner to keep certain cookies.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    In Opera its easier, Tools -> Delete Private Data -> Click delete.

    The first time you do it there is one more step, of checking what types of data you want deleted. It remembers after that so its down to 3 mouse clicks after the very first time. Still even with that step it is 1 step shorter than FF, and after the first time its 2 steps shorter.
     
  16. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,122

    in Firefox you can just go to tools and then in the drop down click clear private data. Easy! lol.

    Regards Jase :)
     
  17. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    Guess its about the same:
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Its a little more serious/less customizable in Safari:
    [​IMG]
     
  18. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,122

    Yes it is SNGX1275 lol.

    I've only tried Opera once and i preferred firefox over it lol.

    Here are some screenshots for clearing private data in firefox:-

    [​IMG]

    After clicking that it will then lead you to this:-

    [​IMG]

    Regards Jase :)
     
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    yeah, I hate re-entering info all the time. Cookies for the most part are harmless. If I do visit some nebulous sites, I delete my cookies. And yes, I am extremely familiar with FF.
     
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,630   +321

    My screen shot of Gran Paridiso is actually a OS X version of FF 3. I would have taken a shot of Bon Echo, which is an OS X version of FF 2, but it looked identical and I already had GP open.

    Here is what you see in Opera when you click delete private data:
    [​IMG]
     
  21. var_1986

    var_1986 TS Rookie

    go to start> Run> %temp% > select all (ctrl+a) and delet all files.
     
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