How to Erase Temporary Internet Files (TIF)

April 15, 2009 by admin · Leave a Comment 

If you are you concerned that your Web browser is loading at a snail’s pace or if you need to make space for new data on the hard drive, you should erase the temporary Internet files (TIF) stored in your computer. In fact, it is very simple to erase temporary Internet files, also known as browser cache, from the hard drive and would need to do this quite often. In fact, the process can be handled manually and also through software.

What Temporary Internet Files are

Here we will describe the steps regarding how to wipe out the temporary Internet files from your hard drive manually. But before we do that, it is essential to know what they actually are and how they are stored on your computer without your knowledge. Browser cache or temporary Internet files are actually files such as Web pages, graphics and cookies that are stored up in your hard drive to enhance the surfing speed. The design behind this is that if you surf to, your Web browser will take specific files from this site and store them on your computer’s hard drive so that the next time you surf the page should load sooner as you already have some pages from the site stored in your computer as temporary Internet files. This is because the Web browser doesn’t have to download the pages from the Web each time.

How TIF are stored

In the instance that your XP login user name is ‘MyUser’, all temporary Internet files or browser cache will be stored up in a specific sub-directory in your ‘Documents and Settings/My User/Local Settings’ directory known as the ‘Temporary Internet Files’. It must be mentioned here that since the ‘Temporary Internet Files’ directory is not a usual directory, the information in it cannot be read by using a DIR command. The Internet Explorer creates sub-directories with random letter/ number combinations to keep track of the information in the ‘Temporary Internet Files’ directory. When the user opens the Windows Internet Explorer it seems that there is just one directory of temporary Internet files as an index.dat file maintains the records of all the sub-directories.

How to erase TIF manually

1. Internet Explorer 7.0

  • Click on the ‘Tools’ menu tab at the top of your IE 7.0 browser.
  • This will open up the ‘Internet Options’ tab, click on it.
  • Clicking on the ‘Internet Options’ will show you a box with different settings.
  • Select the ‘General’ button in the box to open it.
  • Next, you will be lead into the ‘Browsing History’ window and click on the ‘Delete’ tab there.
  • In the ‘Delete Browsing History’ area, click on ‘Delete Files’ button.
  • Finally, select the ‘Yes’ option and click on the ‘Close’ tab to end the processes.

2. Internet Explorer 5.x/ 6.x

  • Select the ‘Tools’ menu tab that will open a number of options.
  • Next, click on the ‘Internet Options’ in the ‘Tools’ menu.
  • In the ‘Internet Options’, click on the ‘General’ button.
  • This will open up the ‘Temporary Internet Files’ part where you select the ‘Delete Files’ option.
  • Subsequently, click the ‘OK’ tab on the ‘Delete Files’ dialog box.
  • Finally, again click on the ‘OK’ button to end the procedure.

3. Internet Explorer 8.0
If you are using IE 8.0 you will find the ‘Tools’ menu just under the location bar to the right. Follow the same procedure as in the case of IE 7.0.

Wrapping Up

The other way to erase the temporary Internet files manually is to decide to delete one thing at a time to avoid wiping out all your passwords and the login data. In this case, just click on the ‘Delete’ tab every time and all the TIF are wiped out from your hard drive leaving the passwords and login data in tact. This process is also helpful in the event you feel that viruses have accumulated in your temporary Internet files or your add-ons have been taken over.

In addition, please note that even if you delete the temporary Internet files manually in Internet Explorer, the index.dat file accumulates data that will display the sites you have surfed before. It is impossible to manually remove the index.dat file as it is being used by the Windows continually.

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