If you have started to notice your computer is running slow, you may be in a state of mild panic. Fortunately, it very rarely means that you will need to replace your machine. Instead, it is a clear indication that there is something that should not be there slowing it down. If you are looking for a quick fix, you should consider deleting your temporary files. Doing this is simple, and it is very unlikely that you will do anything to harm your computer during the process.
How bad are temporary files really?
Technically, temporary files are relatively harmless. When there is just a few of them, they will barely make a difference to your computer’s performance. However, if they begin to build up en-masse, you may find that your computer becomes slow. How fast these files build up depends on how much you use your PC. If you are a heavy user, i.e. you use it for at least five hours a day, you may find that they build up relatively quickly. These files are gathered each time you visit a web page.
How can you delete temporary files?
There are several programs that can be used to remove temporary files. Some of these are utilized by Windows, others are external programs. On the Windows website there is a ‘Fix it for Me’ section. By clicking on this section, you can use the tools there to delete your temporary files. Alternatively, you may want to perform this task manually. This can be done by going to your Internet Options and deleting all of the temporary files under your browsing history. If you want to make sure that this task is performed extensively, you may wish to try using Ccleaner. Ccleaner is a freeware program that can be downloaded online. It has the ability to scan for temporary and pointless files, and will delete them when you command it to. Ccleaner will leave useful information alone; such as passwords and pre-filled form content.
How often should temporary files be deleted?
How often you delete temporary files is up to you. A good rule of thumb is to perform this task bi-weekly. When temporary files are left to build up, it can take few minutes at a time to remove them. If, on the other hand, you choose to remove them on a regular basis, you should not have to wait too long for them to be removed from your system.
Temporary files certainly aren’t worth obsessing over, but paying close attention to them from time-to-time is a good idea. Once they have been deleted, you should find that your browser runs faster. To compliment this process, perform your deleting activities on a regular basis.