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    I was working on a drawing , when i hit print a page came up i had never seen before. It had loads of pictures fron all the auto trader and other sites ive visited, (No not porn LOL) anyhow how do you clean these out> I couldnt delete them ? Is there a program that will give my computer more memory again? I am willing to bet there aew thousands of pictures i dont want thanx Mike Junior Computer Idiot.

  • #2
    You can delete all those but it will also delete your cookies which means you will have to login again at any site you visit like this one that requires a user name and password. If you don't mind doing that and have all of your passwords recorded somewhere then what you do is this:

    In Internet Explorer go to Tools
    Select Internet Options
    Select the General tab
    In the center of that panel there is a button to delete all history and temp files. Press it. It will take a while to clean up all the temp files.
    Last edited by Evan; 03-13-2009, 10:17 AM.
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    • #3
      Well, there are lots of ways to do this...... For general computer maintance I recommend a free program called CCleaner (stands for crap cleaner) Its free, small and effective...Easy to use.. play with it.

      It will take care of your pictures that are in a temp file for IE and Firefox unless you have made changes to were files are stored....

      If it dont, then you could use Explorer to navigate to those folders and delete from there..

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      • #4
        If you want to manually remove temporary files you should open a local folder window and click Tools - Folder options - View then put a dot in the 'show hidden files and folders' radio button. Now go to c:\documants and settings\<username>\local settings\temp and delete everything in there. Also delete the contents of c:\temp and c:\windows\temp and c:\windows\system\temp and c:\windows\system32\temp if you have those folders
        Peter - novice home machinist, modern motorcycle enthusiast.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cuemaker
          Well, there are lots of ways to do this...... For general computer maintance I recommend a free program called CCleaner (stands for crap cleaner) Its free, small and effective...Easy to use.. play with it.

          It will take care of your pictures that are in a temp file for IE and Firefox unless you have made changes to were files are stored....

          If it dont, then you could use Explorer to navigate to those folders and delete from there..
          I'll second the use of cCleaner. It will remove practically all unused files and it also can clean up the bad registry entries.

          Brian
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          • #6
            I do not recommend using a registry cleaner. I have seen far too many cases where a registry cleaner program has trashed the system. I spent almost ten years running my own computer store and made a lot of money from fixing computers that had been "cleaned". For the average user that only knows how to start and use the software they need sticking to only the provided tools in Windows is the safest way to go.
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            • #7
              In the CCleaner program the registry cleaner is very limited and a separate option tab to the main program, so simply using it to clean out spare files doesn't affect the registry. I agree with you on the use of reg cleaners in general though you can trash a decent build quite easily.
              Peter - novice home machinist, modern motorcycle enthusiast.

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              • #8
                Ditto on stay away from registry cleaners, ONLY someone versed in the manual use of Regedit should be messing with your registry.

                The best thing anyone can do for/with their computer is regular backups of important files, and quite honestly once every 6 months to a year, format your OS drive (Generally C) and reinstall everything fresh. After a good clean install. including drivers, and doing all your settings and tweaks to have the system just the way you like it, back up your system (generally the whole C drive, and registry) and from then on it's easy to format and reinstall, just do a basic install and a full restore after a format and viola your back to a solid, stable, clean system.

                (OS = Operating System... whatever version of Windoze, etc you'r running)

                For each of my computers I do a clean install, set up my drivers, and my every day smaller general use programs. I then create a backup of the whole C drive and registry on a secondary disk in the system, NEVER a virtual drive, and then I disconnect that drive untill I need it for a restore. This way it is always safe and reliable, cannot be corrupted via virus, worm, etc. I also tend to save / store programs and drivers files separately on this disk so that I can reinstall them without having to chase them on the web.

                Yup, sounds like a lot to do, probably confusing even, but it really is simple, and in the long run it's well worth it. But then again I like computers, and have spent years working with them, including making a living servicing them, and building custom systems for a while.
                Last edited by Walter; 03-13-2009, 04:38 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Evan
                  I do not recommend using a registry cleaner. I have seen far too many cases where a registry cleaner program has trashed the system. I spent almost ten years running my own computer store and made a lot of money from fixing computers that had been "cleaned". For the average user that only knows how to start and use the software they need sticking to only the provided tools in Windows is the safest way to go.

                  Oh, swell!
                  I just put in "Registry Mechanic" last month...but I must say it did find a S-load of errors and corrected the problems and the machine runs much better.
                  I got it on CNET's recommendation.
                  Len

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                  • #10
                    Well the advice is aimed at the "normal" lackwitted user. By posting here you show yourself to be one or two steps above that rating.

                    Normally if you just run a program like Ccleaner or Reg Mechanic using the default settings you'll be fine. It's when you decide to go off tweeking things just to see what happens... that's when it gets bad.

                    Then again... you can't really learn how all this stuff works if you don't break it once or twice.

                    Whatever you do, backup all your important stuff before you go off on a learning spree.
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                    • #11
                      I have used ccleaner for years and it has not done any damage to my PC...However nothing beats a format and fresh install of an OS to bring it back to life...
                      Precision takes time.

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                      • #12
                        I have been using ccleaner since late '04 both for myself and for computer repairs I am paid to do... Never a problem... Never a problem reported to me when I have recommended it to someone else to use...

                        Its one heck of a program

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                        • #13
                          Next time you format ...and reinstall all your progs

                          this may take many many hours ...maybe all day!!

                          Hunting around for the disks ..all the updates ...especially if like me you have a system disk that is five years old ..

                          So ...do all your updates ...

                          Then get this prog ..
                          called "BootIt"

                          This will create an image of your whole drive onto another drive ..

                          So next time you have trouble ..just run prog bootit ...and you will be back to normal in 1 hour........bootit will save modem settings and email settings ...it will make a carbon copy of your whole drive ..ready for future use with minimal of aggro

                          To see how easy it's to use ..look at these video tutorials at the top of the page ..here :-

                          http://www.heffy.com/image.htm

                          you create an image every two to three months ...

                          delete the first image when you create the 3rd image ...and so ...so you are never more than three months out of date.

                          dont create an image if your computers faultering ..stop then ...

                          this prog is not like system restore ..its copys x-copy style your whole drive


                          All the best.markj
                          Last edited by aboard_epsilon; 03-13-2009, 07:42 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Just a note on drive images. Don't try using x-copy to make a drive image of XP. X-copy doesn't handle long filenames correctly since it uses only the DOS 8.3 filename structure when it copies. There is a free program called XX-copy that does the trick although as far as I am concerned it has way too many options. Norton ghost will also image a drive just fine and is often included on the motherboard utilities disk.

                            BTW, doing a file by file image of a drive produces a completely defragmented drive on the target drive.
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                            • #15
                              I have used cc cleaner for years with zero problems, in my opinion download the cc cleaner, run the application ( I always run it twice each time just to make sure) and after the clean up run it at least once per week. It will improve your computer performance to the point you will wonder how you got along without it. Login cookies are no problem, I run Firefox and just set it to keep the username/password as this is a home computer, on money/pay sites I just remember/write down the login info.

                              Also if your computer is this crammed up, after you clean it out, run a defrag on it, you will have a new computer afterward s.

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