Adware and Virus Removal First Steps
Each web page usually consists of a number of individual elements, including one or more images. A typical business page is made from a large number of individual images, even if only a single image is visible when the page is fully loaded. Each of these images is stored on your hard disk in the Temporary Internet Files folder, also known as the Internet Cache . Other elements such as cookies and multimedia files are also stored here. Particularly useful in the early days of the Internet when only dial up accounts were available, the use of this cache idea helped speed up access to web pages on the second and subsequent visit. Because images and multimedia objects take a lot longer to download than text, once they were stored in a local cache, they would be displayed directly from the hard disk, and didn need to be downloaded again. Web access was therefore a lot faster. In the course of normal operation by some programs, they require working space and will create one or more temporary files. When programs are installed, particularly from zipped or compressed files, they usually need a temporary storage area in which to store files during the installation process. It would make sense in both these cases, for the programs to delete the temporary files when finished. Objects downloaded from web sites sit on our hard disk in the Temporary Internet Files folder. Deleting these files, therefore, is the first step to eliminating nasties. Some viruses and nasties will install themselves, or a copy of themselves in the Temporary folder where no one can find them. Have you ever run a virus or spyware scan only to find that the culprit comes right back afterwards? The other reason to delete these files . and there could be a great many of them over time . With the right mouse button, click on your primary hard disk, usually the C: drive, known in Windows XP as Local Disk (C . In the menu that opens, click on the Properties selection at the bottom. The window that opens will display a graphically representation of your hard disk showing the total space, and the amount used and free. On the left is a button called Disk Cleanup . If you click on ok , Windows will proceed to delete those files. It safe to do so. The recycle bin is also listed, and if you haven emptied it for a while, now is a good time to do so.