does internet explorer 7 have ''extra hidden files?"

By Jedi_Jasmine ·
in internet explorer 6 i heard there were quiet a few files hidden very very well on the system that tracked every little thing you do online and took up a LOT of room. i have not been able to find anything on the subject and am concerned because my pc has a BOATLOAD of missing hard drive space with no explanation. I've searched the control panel and made a great deal of space for the operating system. i still wind up with 50-70 gigabytes missing. I'm using the XP internet explorer 7 on media center edition 2002.

please note I'm not at my computer right now. but i will be.

also I'm interested in any sites that can help me get rid of these files or at least empty them so that they aren't taking up so much room. as I'm not comfortable with 29% hard drive space free.

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Here is your answer...

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to does internet explorer 7 ...

First, download and run ATF-Cleaner:
Just put a check in front of 'Select All' and then click on the 'Empty Selected' button. This is a very handy tool for getting rid of useless files.
(for future reference, Internet Explorer 7 temporary files and cookies are located in this folder - C:\Documents and Settings\[your user profile name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files)

Second, you can delete old XP System Restore Points. If you feel confident you will not need to restore your system to an earlier date prior to the most recent restore point, this can free up gigabytes of space! On one system I worked on, it freed up over 4 GBs.
To remove all but the most recent Restore Point, go to Start - All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Disk Cleanup. This Windows utility can also empty temporary files for you but more importantly, for your situation... click on the 'More Options' tab, go to the System Restore section at the bottom, and click on the 'Clean up' button.
Caution: you will find many other things that can be deleted in this utility. Be careful to only delete those things you are SURE you can do without. I do not recommend that you "clean up" Windows Components or Installed Programs unless you feel confident doing so. I also do not recommend deleting Downloaded Program Files, Setup Log Files, Catalog files, or compressing old files.

By the way... most cookies are harmless and some are even useful. In that, they save you from having to log in each time you visit sites you subscribe to. The possible threat of cookies has been over-hyped for years.

The best free tool for cleaning up potentially harmful cookies and other spyware/adware/malware junk is Ad-Aware:

I hope this helps.
Good Luck.

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Crap Cleaner

by kable08 In reply to does internet explorer 7 ...

Crap Cleaner is a good utility I've found that basically keeps my pc running smooth, light and clean.

I don't have the link right now, but just
google it as crap cleaner and it should take you right to the site.

Very user friendly, too.

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Just wondering...

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to does internet explorer 7 ...

Were you able to resolve your issue and get your questions answered?

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Hidden Files? U ain't seen NUTHIN' yet!

by silverbonn In reply to does internet explorer 7 ...

Try THIS site on for size. (There are hidden DOS files, as well, that, unless you "speak the language...)
Happy Summer Cleaning!

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