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Arlene Heavner
Posted on Sunday, March 18, 2001 - 8:29 pm:   

As I understand it, even though you delete files they remain somewhere on the hard drive.
Is there anyway to get rid of those files so there are no tracks to follow?
Thanks for your time and trouble.
Posted on Monday, March 19, 2001 - 11:56 am:   

there are certain utilities that scramble the heck out of it so they can't be read ever. look around. you will find one or two around. i know mcafee has one in their nuts and bolts product. i have that. but don't use it much.
Arlene Heavner
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 - 8:54 am:   

Thanks win but I need the space these files are taking up.
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2001 - 12:20 pm:   

i realize this. this scrambles so they can not be recovered, as well as deletes them. i should have been more clear. sorry.
Arlene Heavner
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2001 - 6:41 am:   

Hi win,
Thanks for the info, it was probably my fault for not explaining the answer should be for someone who is a beginner.
Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2001 - 3:16 pm:   

I have read removing temp files 101, but how do I remove files that have no tmep extension? I mean, most of them look like this:cookie:berthum...cookie,berthum@www.bigf... All of them end with text document. There must be hundreds of them. Some, don't even begin with cookie. Ex:grouplotto3, then text document at the end. HOW do I get rid of these? Should I use diagnostics, or buy a heavy duty disc cleanup??
no expert
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 2:42 pm:   

PH, I have this problem too. The only way I've found is to open the Temporary Internet Files folder (I think it's C\Windows\Temporary Internet Files) and delete them one by one (you can select all and hit delete but then you get a warning message for every one "This is a cookie! Are you sure you want to delete it?" OF COURSE I DO YOU @#$%! otherwise I wouldn't be doing this!!! -- sorry). Actually if anyone knows how to override this prompt it would be of great help.
Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2001 - 10:49 pm:   

Check out the thread at Everything Else Otherwise classified....Deleting Temporary Internet Files Painlessly...this will fix the issue for you just fine!
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2002 - 2:40 pm:   

If I understand the original question correctly, once you delete a file, and then empty the recycle bin, these files are claiming no space on your drive. Yes they may still be there, but they will be overwritten by the next file needing that disk space.

If the file is not yet overwritten, and the recycle bin has not been emptied, these files can be restored. This is a "second chance" provided by MS in case we delete files by mistake, or change our mind after deletion.

Does this info help?
Sheila Littleton
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2002 - 2:50 pm:   

I find HD Valet a good program for deleting "junk" files - ie - temp/temp internet/bak files, etc. Clears up a good bit of space here n' there. The program is downloadable free from various sites.
fellow user
Posted on Friday, July 26, 2002 - 3:29 pm:   

about deleting the cookies therte are two ways ( i think) 1 id deleting the WHOLE folder and making a new folder with the same name,again. OR like posted deleting the cookies 1 at a time. The only ways i know of so far

p.s. if u delete some cookies such as hotmail or sites that require ur password sometimes they r lost on ur comp n u have to click FORGOT pswd tyo get it back, (wondering if my comps gonna catch on fire cause its overclocked) ;)

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