Temporary Internet Files (cache) temp-files

What are Temporary Internet Files (cache)?

Temporary Internet Files is a folder on Microsoft Windows which holds browser caches. The directory is used by Internet Explorer and other web browsers to cache pages and other multimedia content, such as video and audio files, from websites visited by the user. This allows such websites to load more quickly the next time they are visited. Not only web browsers access the directory to read or write, but also Windows Explorer and Windows Desktop Search.

Overview:

Each time a user visits a website using Microsoft Internet Explorer, files downloaded with each web page (including html, images, Cascading Style Sheets and JavaScript scripts) are saved to the Temporary Internet Files folder, creating a cache of the web page on the local computer's hard disk, or other form of digital data storage. The next time the user visits the cached website, only changed content needs to be downloaded from the Internet; the unchanged data is available in the cache.

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NOTE: Deleting everything can free hard disk space, solve problems with your web browser, and provide some additional privacy, but it might inconvenience you by removing information you might need on the Internet. For example, you will have to retype passwords that were previously stored on your computer.


Internet Explorer:
How to Delete the Contents of the Temporary Internet Files FolderWill open new browser window or tab

Firefox:
Clear the cache - Delete temporary Internet files to fix common website issuesWill open new browser window or tab

Google Chrome:
Clear cache and cookiesWill open new browser window or tab