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  1. onevoice1255

    onevoice1255 Thread Starter

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    Hi All,

    For the several months I've been having trouble opening links, mostly from emails. I've learned that when I go to "Start" and click "Run" and enter %Temp% (someone once told me that brings up all your temp files)...its opens and lists temp files, that after I delete as many as it allows, that the links open up quicker. There's some types that won't delete (DF9601.tmp)...and there all listed as being in the "locals~1" file

    I've tried to delete that file but no luck...what a pain.

    Any help?

    onevoice1255
     
  2. TerryNet

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    I have a small batch file as the first thing in my Startup folder. It deletes and recreates that temp and another one before new files get created and in use by other applications. Sometimes it's not able to clear everything out, but it seems to get it later.

    If you want to try it, copy and paste the 4 lines below into Notepad. Save the file in the Startup folder as cleantemp.bat. To do that you have to either change the file type box to "all files" (instead of Text) or else put quotes around the name ("cleantemp.bat"). If you don't do that you will get a non-executable text file named cleantemp.bat.txt.

    rd /s /q %temp%
    md %temp%
    rd /s /q C:\Windows\Temp
    md C:\Windows\Temp


    The attachment is from my Windows 7 system; the path to Startup is different on XP.

    EDIT: I forgot to circle "Save as type" near the bottom left of the attachment.
     

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  3. onevoice1255

    onevoice1255 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Terry,

    I'll try it out for about a week and see what happens.

    Thanks for the time and consideration.

    Ron
     
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    You're welcome. Please let me know how it works for you, and especially if you have any problems with it.
     
  5. onevoice1255

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    Hi Terry,

    I tried to save it in the start-up folder, but I'm not sure I did...I'm somewhat technology challenged so there's a good chance it's not where it should be, as the temp file continues to fill up. I puchased their Blue-Reg Cleaner, but that hasn't done much either. Do you know what is lost if you "reset original settings or defaults" right under the advanced tab's window in Internet options?

    Anyway, thanks for your help.

    Ron
     
  6. VistaRookie

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    What OS and what version of Internet Explorer are you using?
    What do you use for email? Webmail (like Yahoo)? An email
    client (like Outlook Express)?

    A batch file is OK if you get it working. Another option is a
    junk cleaning program.

    You can customize CCleaner to clean the temp folder. Plus
    it will clean a lot more junk all at the same time. Don't use
    the registry cleaner part, unless you know which items to
    remove. It is donationware/freeware.

    CCleaner - Home:
    http://www.ccleaner.com/

    Same goes for Blue-Reg Cleaner, don't use it unless you can
    read the items it finds and you know enough to delete or not
    delete.
     
  7. TerryNet

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    In XP I put it in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    Actually I have the .bat file elsewhere, with a shortcut in the above folder. Works either way.
     
  8. onevoice1255

    onevoice1255 Thread Starter

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    VistaRookie,
    I downloaded the Cleaner and that seems like a great tool.

    I inadvertently did a registry clean and I think deleted some things I shouldn't but got online and I think things are OK, not sure, but I use Outlook Express and I'm certain a lot of crap is coming in there. I have no idea what a batch file is, but is there anything special I need to do to get the cleaner to empty the temp file?
     
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    An executable file with .bat extension. See post #2. :)
     
  10. VistaRookie

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    A batch file as you can visually see posted above by TerryNet is text.
    Code in plain text that will run as a program if the extension is .bat
    (batch). There are advantages to using a batch file sometimes.

    I am concerned that OE is not getting the proper care. You may not
    be guilty of any of these, but these are the normal things that cause
    problems for OE.

    Steps that help keep OE from breaking.

    1) Never store emails in the default folders for any length of time.
    Especially the Inbox. Create custom folders for storage of emails.
    To create custom folders, in the left pane, right-click on Local Folders.
    Choose New Folder.

    2) Do not scan emails for virus.
    As a minimum, email scanning in the antivirus must be turned off,
    although that may not be sufficient to eliminate all bad effects. In a
    worst case scenario, your antivirus may need to be uninstalled. And
    then reinstalled without the option to scan. More details why it is
    OK to do this:
    http://www.oehelp.com/OETips.aspx#3
    http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tutorials/email-scanning/index.htm

    Quote from Norton/Symantec
    Is my computer still protected against viruses if I disable Email Scanning?
    Disabling Email Scanning does not leave you unprotected against viruses
    that are distributed as email attachments. Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect
    scans incoming files as they are saved to your hard drive, including email
    and email attachments. Email Scanning is just another layer on top of this
    To make sure that Auto-Protect is providing the maximum protection,
    keep Auto-Protect enabled and run LiveUpdate regularly to ensure that
    you have the most recent virus definitions.


    3) Compact your OE database index files. This article explains the
    details about how to compact (plus other information).
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/IE/community/columns/oerepair.mspx

    Check Compact All Folders vs. Compact Folder in this article
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/IE/community/columns/filecorruption.mspx

    4) Don't let the folders (and .dbx files) get too large. I kept mine at 30MB
    or less. Many keep theirs at 100MB or less without problems.

    Check #5 in this article (How do I make hyperlinks in messages work again?)
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/community/columns/oetopten.mspx

    As to CCleaner, you have to go to Options->Include and put in the full path
    to your temp folder. Then verify that there is junk in your temp folder.
    Then run CCleaner to see if it removes it. If it doesn't then you did not
    put in the proper path. You'll have to play with that until you get it right.
     
  11. onevoice1255

    onevoice1255 Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I think I deleted something I shouldn't have from the Registry Cleaner...I caught that after I had plunged in...went to open the saved registry file in My Doc. and got the bell "you don't have a file related to open this file"

    I saved all My Doc's in one of those keyring drives...what's your opinion to doing a "Reset Internet Explorer to its default condition"?

    Any suggestion would be appreciated.

    Thanks guys
     
  12. VistaRookie

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    Check your registry cleaner - all the good ones have a default
    setting to replace what they took out.

    If that doesn't do it, then most likely there is some other cause.
    I am not sure resetting IE is correct or not. But, sure, you can
    reset it. It will revert back to a "new" IE. Any add-ons you had
    will have to be reinstalled.
     
  13. onevoice1255

    onevoice1255 Thread Starter

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    the registry cleaner is the one that came with the cleaner software you suggested...I'll give a try and thanks taking the time...

    Ron
     
  14. VistaRookie

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    Quite frankly, I've never needed to restore a registry
    with CCleaner. Taking a quick look, I don't see how to
    activate the backups.

    If you find it, good. If you don't, here is a manual way
    to accomplish putting the backups back. Open
    Windows Explorer.

    The backups are stored here (might be different on your
    OS). Locate the program files if not exactly here:
    C:\Program Files\CCleaner\Backups

    You should see a file for everytime you ran the registry
    cleaner. Click/Double-Click and answer yes to put that
    information back into the registry.

    Then don't run the registry cleaner again.

    If you can't get that to work, you can do a system
    restore back to before the problem started. You will
    find system restore in Control Panel. Or even in
    Start->Programs->Accessories->System Tools.
     
  15. onevoice1255

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    I tried to include the Windows Temp file and it blocks me...and can't enter it address...if the location is entered on the top of the include Driver or Folder, you have to click all files below anyway...
     
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