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Delete Temporary Internet files using Group Policy Preferences

One way to improve the protection of desktops and the network is by cleaning up Temporary Internet files. By cleaning up these files, you can protect the desktop and network from being invaded by malicious files.

When Internet Explorer launches for the first time, it starts to immediately store files that it puts into the browser interface for faster access time the next time the Web page is viewed. The default location for these Temporary Internet Files is under a different location depending on the version of Windows that you are using. Here is the breakdown of the file location per Desktop OS:

Path to Temporary Internet Files:

Vista: C:\Users\<name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary internet Files
XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
2000: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

Manually Controlling the Temporary Internet Folder Contents: When you are sitting at the console of your Windows desktop and you want to ensure that the files that you were just viewing are not stored on your computer anymore, you can clean those files up. Let’s say that you were just working away at your desk and remembered that you needed to book the hotel reservations for that vacation that is coming up. You head out to your favorite hotel reservation Web site, I prefer www.yahoo.com\travel, and do searching on that killer all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico. After an hour of reviewing the resorts, tours, transportation, nightlife, and child care accommodations, you realize that your computer just stored nothing but paradise pictures and files on your work computer. You need to clean these up!

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