It’s not uncommon that, over time, computer users may find that their systems appear to be slowing down and more times than not the problem lies in the “Cache File”.
The “Cache” file, is the “Temporary Internet” file and it contains a record of information (downloads) from places visited on the internet (WEB). They include music, images, downloads, cookies and websites. The idea behind storing this type of information in “Cache” is to make web browsing (Surfing) faster since the computer can pull up some of the pieces or the entire website from the “Temporary Internet” file.
Only so much space is allotted on your system for cache files, usually based on the size of your hard drive (usually by default 11% total hard drive space). Over time the cache file starts to fill up with clutter and as it does things start to slow down. There are a number of variations on how to clean out the cache file predicated on what version of Windows and which version of Internet Explorer you’re running; we’ll say Windows XP with Internet Explorer 6.0 for now. As you go through these steps you’ll receive prompts or menu choices.
Open Internet Explorer: Click on the “Tools” menu at the top of the page, then click on “Internet Options”. On the General Tab under the “Temporary Internet Files” section click on “Delete Files”. When a box opens giving you the option to “Delete all offline content”, check that box then click okay. The cursor will turn into an hour glass for awhile. (Take note, if you’ve never cleared your cache before, this may take quite some time). When the hour glass disappears and the cursor returns then you’re done.
Also, while you’re at it Click on the “Tools” menu again, click on “Delete Cookies” and then after you’ve done that, click on “Clear History”. You also want to keep the “Recycle Bin on your desktop empty. Lastly, just like Internet Explorer, Windows also has a “Temp” file. Go to the C:drive, click on the “Windows” folder and look for a folder called “Temp”, open that folder and delete the junk that has accumulated in there.
After you’ve done all this, you may want to run “Disk Defragmenter”. This can be found by clicking on the “Start”, “Programs”, “Accessories”, “System Tools” and “Disk Defragmenter”.