Delete Cookies, Temp Files and Web Tracks

Whenever you open your Web browser to view a certain Web page, read your email, or order something from the Internet, the information you just accessed is stored on the computer for future use. The Windows Operating System stores all the materials you accessed online in the Internet cache or Temporary Internet Files. The Web pages you accessed might store every bit of information about your identity and when you visited the websites in files known as cookies. Your Web browser also stores a list of websites you have viewed and places on the Internet you have visited in your computer's history file. Even if you are offline or not accessing the Internet, some programs in your computer will store and save histories of all the files you have launched, opened, played, or even viewed.

Generally, you might not have any reason to worry about all these files being stored. However, what if you decide to sell or give your computer in the future? Do you know that all the information you accessed in the past is left in the computer for other people to see? Maybe your relatives and friends use your computer – of course, you do not want to show the files on your computer to everybody. And even if you are really not worried about your privacy, you will certainly be surprised to find out how much space all your information consumes. If your drive space isn't as big as before and your PC is beginning to slow down, you might decide to delete all these files. However, your dilemma is that you do not know how to delete the files. Fret not because it is simple. Read on and learn how!

Deleting Cookies, Temp Files, and Web Tracks

For Internet Explorer 5 and above, you can follow the steps below to delete cookies and clear out
temporary files:

  1. Open the Internet Explorer Web browser and click "Tools"
  2. Click the "Internet Options"
  3. Click "Delete Files" on the "General" tab, right in the middle of screen
  4. Check the "Delete all offline content" box
  5. Click "OK" and wait until the hourglass icon stops working
  6. You may now click "Delete Cookies" and "OK" to remove the cookies that different websites have saved on your hard drive

To clear the History in Internet Explorer

  1. Open the Internet Explorer Web browser and click "Tools"
  2. Click "Internet Options"
  3. Click "Clear History" on the "General" tab right in the middle of the screen
  4. Click "OK"

To clean up the temporary files

  1. Click on "Start", "All Programs" (or Programs), then click on "Accessories," "System Tools," and "Disk Cleanup."
  2. Choose the drive. It is usually C:\
  3. Check all the boxes found in the list
  4. Delete the files

After doing all the steps above, your computer will be free from all the stored files you got from visiting websites, downloading programs, and all other tasks performed on your computer.

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