We all have issues with our computers from time to time and many of them can be fixed relatively quickly and painlessly. Just like when we catch a cold or flu or just don’t feel 100%, we go to the doctor and they fix us up as best as they can. The same goes for your computer, it too needs to be fixed up as best as it can.
So how do we fix it? I’m going to address one area in this post that will sure to help your computer be just a little bit faster. It has to do with Internet Explorer and all the temporary files it keeps track of. Let’s clean that up and start fresh like a new computer did when you first purchased it.
Different versions of Internet Explorer have slightly different approaches to removing the temporary internet files. I’m going to cover Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11. If you are using an older version, you are really missing out on a lot of improvements and bug fixes that make your internet experience easier and faster.
To delete your temporary internet files in Internet Explorer 9, 10 & 11:
Click on Tools at the top of your browser window (called the navigation menu)
Next Click on Internet Options from the Tools Menu Selections
Under the “Browsing History” section, uncheck “Delete browsing history on exit“. You don’t want to select this unless you want to remove all the history of websites you’ve been too. This might be good if you just want to start over and not have any junk saved.
In the same section, click on the button labeled “Delete“
Next, Check the top 3 options “Preserve Favorites website data, Temporary Internet Files and Cookies“. You can decide whether you want to check any of the other options. Click the Delete button at the bottom of that window.
It may take a minute or two to remove everything you selected, so be patient. Once done, you should Click OK to exit out of those windows.
Deleting the Cookies above will remove any temporary access you may have had to a website where you are prompted to login. So if you logged into sites like Yahoo, Google, Microsoft Hotmail, you will be prompted again to login. When you do, a new cookie will be created. It’s just a way for companies to track what you do and where you visit so they can provide the best service they can for you.