View Full Version : Temporary Internet Files misreporting file size?

02-08-2003, 08:20 PM
I'm having a very strange problem. My Temporary Internet
Files folder, in C:\WINDOWS , is where all the offline
cache files and such are stored for Internet Explorer.
When I right-click on it and check the properties, it says
that it is using 980 megabytes of disk space, for 54,000+
files. But when I enter the folder, it's completely
empty... no hidden files, either. That's a gig of space
that I'd really like to have back! Any ideas as to what's
going on?

Paul Komski
02-08-2003, 08:38 PM
Hi Syrith. BTW which OS are you using?

Almost certainly this is due to (or complicated by) Microsofts "Super-hidden" index.dat file which keeps a record of every page you have ever visited. There have been threads about these in these forums so a search here (or on Google) for - super hidden - should tell you about them and how to manage them. There are also a number of third party apps which will delete these for you and keep your space more "normal".

It is unusual to see absolutely nothing in the TIF folder however! Can you see anything from a command prompt after navigating to c:\windows\tempor~1 dir /a:h /a:s

There is probably a desktop.ini file inside, which controls visibility of the folder's contents in addition to the files' own attributes.

02-08-2003, 08:57 PM
No, to be clear, I emptied the folder when I saw how huge it was, and that decreased it a good 30 megs or so... leaving almost a gig. I run Windows 98

Paul Komski
02-08-2003, 09:01 PM
Did you delete the files directly from the TIF folder or by using the option in IE to delete the files?

Here's one link about the super hidden files:- http://y.about.com/z/pb/286/3.htm

And here's one of the thread's here:- http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3559

02-08-2003, 10:12 PM
I don't know if this applies, but I once emptied that folder while IE was running and when I returned, it was still full. It empties nicely from the Options menu in IE or with IE turned off, but it doesn't seem to delete in Win Explorer with IE on.

02-08-2003, 10:30 PM
I did it through the IE menu - and it did empty, visibly. It was 20 or 30 megs smaller afterwards. But that left me an empty folder, and another 800 megs to account for.

02-08-2003, 10:51 PM

I suggest you d/l and use SPIDER (http://www.fsm.nl/ward/) . You'll get that 800MB back pretty quick. Use it often and you will keep all that space.

02-08-2003, 10:52 PM
Thanks, I'll give it a try. No idea what the problem is in the first place, though, huh?


Mark Miller
02-08-2003, 11:06 PM
I am truly amazed the stuff you guys know and the links you put in to follow stuff up with. Followed the spyder link and really learned alot. Glad it is not in ie6 [I think]. Never even had heard of this.
Thanks great info.

02-08-2003, 11:09 PM
I just checked it out, too. That's very interesting! I'm downloading it now.

02-08-2003, 11:11 PM
No idea what the problem is in the first place, though, huh?

Hmmmm... maybe you haven't followed the links provided. Paul provided some pretty informative links. His first one might not be working. If you're interested look HERE (http://netsecurity.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://membrane.com/security/secure/Microsoft%5FIs%5FUnscrupulous.html) for more info.

When all is said and done, Spider will do the trick. ;)

02-08-2003, 11:47 PM
Yes, I posted that prior to following the link, misunderstanding its intent...

I'm checking my folder's properties now...

Hey, it worked! The problem's solved. Thanks a lot! You just saved me a gig of space.

02-09-2003, 12:01 AM
I'm glad you got it. :) You hear about security problems with IE all the time. I think this is one of the worst. And security isn't the only issue. Look at the space you recovered! :eek:

02-09-2003, 12:45 AM
I think Spybot Search & Destroy also cleans out these files.

02-09-2003, 02:58 AM
I think Windows Washer (http://www.webroot.com/wb/products/windowwasher/index.php?PHPSESSID=997b549bdb9c1709fd37ab0f50189c 1e) cleans it all ... not spyware stuff, but other trash like temp files , MRUs(most recently used lists), Ms-office tracks and whole lot of other stuff which is left by various apps.

Additionally, you can download plugins from its site for cleaning out things that aint originallly included in the software , like the Opera plugin.

I was surprised when i ran it for first time and it cleaned up aba 106mb of trash.... and hey, i had my temp files cleared before running it !!