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CCleaner and Temporary Folders


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#1 geologist

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:26 AM

A lot of the things that I have downloaded in the past have gone straight into temporary folders because I have no idea where else to put them. I was about to run CCleaner today for the first time and noticed that it was in the process of clearing out temporary folders. In doing so, would it clear out anything the removal of which, would leave my computer in a vulnerable position?

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:34 AM

Not as long as you reboot before deleting (some newly installed programs insert files in your temp folder that run on reboot to finish the installation).

But why not just manually delete the files from your temp folder? I never understood the need to use a 3rd party app to delete temp files.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:56 AM

It is generally a good idea to set up a "download" folder somewhere on your hard drive, and make it a rule that you always use it. This makes finding them much easier if, for example, you want to re-install an application.
If you use CCleaner, be sure to review every file it candidates---some of these may be files you want to keep---before pressing the "goodbye" button.
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 09:11 AM

A lot of the things that I have downloaded in the past have gone straight into temporary folders because I have no idea where else to put them

You can specify a location by creating another folder and choose from your browser's tools/options default directory.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 08:18 AM

Thanks for the replies guys but the information therein is way beyond my ken.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:18 PM

Downloaded files...can go wherever you decide to put them.

I download everything to my desktop...so that I can review the clutter and then determine if I really want that download (I try a lot of different programs just for the heck of it :)).

You don't need a special folder...My Docs is another easy, logical candidate for such, IMO.

As stated...there really is no reason to use a special application...to rid Windows of files. Take a look at some of the following links, Google, Temp Files .

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 05:34 PM

I download everything to my desktop Louis



Thank you my friend, from now on the temporary folders will be a thing of the past and dowloads will in future land on my desktop.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:56 PM

No problem, I try to take the easiest routes when attempting to tame my computers :).

Happy computing :).

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