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#1 Reddoug

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 09:15 AM

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Heard about a new temp file cleaner, TFC. What does is do differently than ATF, Ccleaner or Cleanup 4.0?

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 10:14 AM

It's not new. It was created by one of our members

TFC (Temp File Cleaner) will clear out all temp folders for all user accounts (temp, IE temp, java, FF, Opera, Chrome, Safari), including Administrator, All Users, LocalService, NetworkService, and any other accounts in the user folder. It also cleans out the %systemroot%\temp folder and checks for .tmp files in the %systemdrive% root folder, %systemroot%, and the system32 folder (both 32bit and 64bit on 64bit OSs). It shows the amount removed for each location found (in bytes) and the total removed (in MB). Before running it will stop Explorer and all other running apps. When finished, if a reboot is required the user must reboot to finish clearing any in-use temp files.


TFC only cleans temp folders. TFC will not clean URL history, prefetch, or cookies. Depending on how often someone cleans their temp folders, their system hardware, and how many accounts are present, it can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or more. TFC will completely clear all temp files where other temp file cleaners may fail. TFC requires a reboot immediately after running. Be sure to save any unsaved work before running TFC.


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Posted 27 September 2009 - 05:31 PM

Thanks for the quick reply.

I just heard about it a week ago. I have used ATF and it seems to work good. You told me what TFC removes, I take it is does a better job than ATF and others. Just a little leery with some of these free downloads. I am a pretty cautious.

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 07:48 AM

Generally tools like TFC are created to assist us with malware removal by removing a lot of junk files, so our security tools will have less to scan, thus speed things up. It may also help to remove some types of malware which may be lurking in temp/user account folders.

There is nothing wrong with ATF Cleaner which is more configurable in what an average user can select to clean up as a general maintenance tool.
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Posted 28 September 2009 - 05:41 PM

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 06:09 AM

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