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Cache (stored junk)
I received an e-mail asking: "How and where do I clean the cache. Thank You"
My answer in part: "That's a pretty open ended question since there are lots of cache Start by reading my page at http://www.bear-it.net/xpcleanup.htm assuming you are on XP. After you read all that, you will have a better idea of the various material that is stored on your computer. Most of the stuff is temporary and can be referred to as cache."
I also added some definitions from the web found by searching the web for cache. There are common use and technical uses.
The reason I am making this page is to clarify things that should be removed regularly as part of security and general cleanup.
Many of the items stored on your computer are just temporary and can be deleted without harm. Some are referred to as Cache. One definition says "Short-term storage. A cache is used to speed up certain computer operations by temporarily placing data, or a copy of it, in a location where it can be accessed more rapidly than normal. For example, data from a storage disk may be cached temporarily in high-speed memory so that it can be read and written more quickly than if it had to come directly from the disk itself; or a microprocessor may use an an on-board memory cache to store temporary data for use during operations. 'Cache' is derived from the French word for a hiding place, and so is pronounced like 'cash'. "
The problem is that much of the so-called short term or temporary stuff stays there until you manually delete it. The more junk you have the slower your machine goes. So it pays to know what is there and get rid of unnecessary stuff.
The most common and dynamic is the Temporary Internet Files. I will discuss here only Internet Explorer. If you use a different program to browse the web, then use help to determine how to get rid of them.
Most IE versions and other browsers work pretty much the same for this operation. Every graphic you see on pages you visit are stored (downloaded) in a folder on your computer. The advantage is that if you revisit the same page again or another page with the same graphic, the page loads faster since the graphic has already been downloaded. There is a folder on your main drive called Temporary Internet Files.
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