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Windows 7: finding temp internet files

13 Feb 2015   #1

Win 7 Home Premium 64
finding temp internet files

When my virus scan is running I see it looking at this path: C:Users/me/appdata/local/microsoft/windows/temporaryinternetfiles

I had the idea that I should be able to just delete those from my pc before the scan, and then it wouldn't take so long. I followed the path, but temp int files is not at the end. Where do I look for them?

Is my idea correct? I can just delete them so the antivirus won't have to look at them?

Thanks in advance.

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13 Feb 2015   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

Try this path
C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
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13 Feb 2015   #3

Windows 7 Pro 32

You can delete the browsing history files from Internet Explorer, Tools, Internet Options.

Or use CCleaner to delete even more unnecessary files before doing a scan.
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14 Feb 2015   #4

Win 7 Home Premium 64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
Try this path
C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files
Thank you, that worked.

I don't use IE...
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14 Feb 2015   #5

Windows 7 32 bit

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26 Sep 2015   #6


Your link "C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files" does not work in my dummy computer.
After ...Windows.. have only GameExplorer.
Any other idea please?
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26 Sep 2015   #7

Windows 10 Pro X64

They are probably hidden system files. You need to show all files in File Explorer Folder Options, View tab.
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27 Sep 2015   #8

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

How would temp files get into the Default folder?

C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files

Maybe an infection would place files in there, but normally, that folder should be empty.

Like Ztruker said, the folder is normally hidden from users.
It sounds like you have already opted to show hidden folders/files:

Now you just need to remove the check that hides System folders/files:

If you need help finding the Folder Options dialog, see this tutorial:
Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

Another option would be to just copy/paste the path into Windows Explorer.
That should show you the folder of interest without changing your folder options.

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