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Putnam
09-08-2008, 08:58 PM
for reasons I'm not going to disclose at the moment, I'm interested in editing the temporary internet files that reside on my computer. The files are hidden. How do I unhide them? And is it possible to delete some, but not all of those files? If that is possible, does it leave evidence that the temporary internet files have been messed with?

Thanks!

kester99
09-08-2008, 09:08 PM
There are also cookies and a history folder to deal with. In internet explorer, you can just dump them by going to tools, internet options, and delete browsing history on the general tab. With earlier versions of internet explorer, it's two buttons to click.

With Firefox, go to tools, and click on clear private data on the drop-down menu.

To unhide files or folders, go to the top of any window, click on tools, folder options, view, then click the button in the list to show hidden files or folders, and unclick the 'hide operating system files' button. Then click on the 'apply to all folders' button up top.

If you have a Mac or are running a Linux platform, I have no clue.

A good tool to clear all the records, in folders you might not even have thought of, is Windows Cleanup. Google it, or go to www.stevengould.org. It's free, easy, light on resource usage. You're not editing, though, you're erasing.

kester99
09-08-2008, 09:18 PM
Also, in Internet Explorer 7, you can see the temporary internet files, by clicking tools, internet options, click on the settings button in the browsing history section, then click on the view files button. They'll all be there.

And YES, YOU CAN DELETE THEM LINE BY LINE. A true computer guru might be able to tell you deleted some, but I don't know how.

Gyron
09-08-2008, 09:25 PM
Once you figure out how to delete, don't forget to empty recycle bin....

kester99
09-08-2008, 09:32 PM
good point

Bball
09-08-2008, 11:28 PM
Format C:

All temporary internet files will be gone...

No, really...

;)
-Bball

N8R
09-09-2008, 12:38 AM
Putty, you dont want the wife to see all the porn you have been looking at or what?

duke dynamite
09-09-2008, 03:38 AM
Once you figure out how to delete, don't forget to empty recycle bin....

What exactly are you trying to gain by accessing these files? A lot of times within those folders "whole" webpages aren't stored. Just bits and pieces are. Such as images, and cookies. I'd say good luck trying to monitor each and every file in there to make sure you have what you want to keep.

TIP: Shift+Del - bypasses Recycle Bin. Remember that.

Putnam
09-09-2008, 01:51 PM
Thanks Bball!


And thanks to Kester and the rest of you. I knew about the "delete all" function under the internet options, but hadn't had occasion to view them and delete selectively since about Windows 3.1.


N'ater, NO! It's like this. We've got a new boss at the office here who is going to do a performance audit which we think will include examining our computers. I have no more than 1-2 personal emails on my work machine, and the only nonwork things I regularly looked at were The Onion, Fark and this place right here. But what are my chances of staying employed if they know I've visited a site that is frequented by the likes of LG33 and btowncolt? So I'm considering the adviseasbility of touching up the list a bit.

travmil
09-11-2008, 07:25 AM
Putty, in all reality it's not gonna matter. At most companies, your computer is not actually hooked to the internet. It's hooked up to the company intRAnet, and is able to get the internet through a proxy server. So your surfing habits are stored in that proxy server as well as your personal machine. If yours is set up this way your boss doesn't even have to look at your computer, he just calls IT.

DisplacedKnick
09-11-2008, 08:09 AM
Putty, in all reality it's not gonna matter. At most companies, your computer is not actually hooked to the internet. It's hooked up to the company intRAnet, and is able to get the internet through a proxy server. So your surfing habits are stored in that proxy server as well as your personal machine. If yours is set up this way your boss doesn't even have to look at your computer, he just calls IT.

Yup - if my employer ever decides visiting PD is a fireable offense, I'm completely screwed.

If your company is providing you internet access, they don't need anything from your computer to find out what sites you've been visiting. You could "accidently" drop it out the window of your car while you were driving past an industrial fire and they'd still know - depending on their tracking.

btowncolt
09-11-2008, 12:08 PM
You're fine with my being around here - I've got a certificate proving I'm sane as of 1996.