Maintaining the proper "health" of your computer is just as important as installing antivirus or antispyware software. Keeping your computer healthy involves cleaning up your temporary file folder and clearing Internet cache periodically.

What is in the temporary file folder?

Some programs make a copy of a file whenever it is opened, for backup purposes. This is great if your program fails for some reason and you did not get a chance to save it before it closed. This also allows the computer to quickly recall the file for your use. However, some programs save the file even if you were able to save the file and close the program successfully. These files are saved in the temporary file folder and may never go away until you delete them.

What is Internet cache?

Whenever you go on the Web, your visits are tracked in the browser's cache. This is helpful for users in that the cache remembers where you went and can quickly recall your Web history instead of you typing in the entire URL of the website.

What is the risk of not cleaning up temp files or not clearing Internet cache?

If your computer or Web browser is compromised, or attacked, by a virus, the information contained in your temp files and cache can be obtained by hackers. This can be detrimental to users in that the information can include confidential or sensitive data.

Below you will find guidance on how you can clean your PC temp folder, your Mac temp folder and how to clear your Internet browser's cache.

PC Users
  • Windows 95 and 98
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
Mac Users

Mac users should contact the UIS Help Desk for guidance on managing their temporary files.

Clearing Internet Cach
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari