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Why does my C Drive Keep Filling Up? - Explained

Infopackets Reader 'Old Techo from Oz' writes: " Dear Dennis, I have consistently noticed on 3 of my Windows 7 PCs that the C drive appears to bloat over time with 'low space' warnings constantly ... For example, Windows Explorer reports my C drive ... full with 78 gigabytes of data and only 6 gigabytes free. I knew this had to be wrong ... The only solution I have found is to make a disk image backup of my hard drive partition (using Acronis True Image , for example), and then restore the disk image later on. After the image is restored, Windows now reports correct free space available of 37 ... (view more)

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Privacy Guardian Review

Synopsis: Are you a paranoid PC user? Got stuff on your computer that you don't want others to see -- like web sites you've recently visited, media files you've recently opened, or documents recently edited? In that case, you need Privacy Guardian! ... Believe it or not, it's pretty easy for *anyone* to find out what you've been up to (for example: Click Start -& Documents to see recently opened documents, or CTRL + H to see recently visited web sites)! With Privacy Guardian, you'll never have to worry about 'prying eyes' looking over your sensitive data again! Installs in minutes and super- ... (view more)

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Temporary Internet Files: safe to delete?

Infopackets Reader Phyllis R. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have just completed a 'disk cleanup' on my computer. When the disk cleanup finished, it said I could free up more space on my C drive if I deleted my Temporary Internet Files. Is this a safe ... procedure, and do you recommend it? Every once in a while I clean out my Temporary Internet Files and web site history, but was curious of your opinion. Thanks for any help you can provide. " My response: Before answering that question, it's important to understand the role of Temporary Internet Files before you go and delete them ;-). In ... (view more)

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Is it safe to Remove Files in the Windows Temp folder?

Infopackets Reader 'P.S. Liew' writes: " Dear Dennis, Over the years, my 'temp' folder in Windows [located at c:\windows\temp] has gathered quite a substantial amount of temporary, space-eating files as well as Internet browser history items such as ... cookies, cache and the like. I am contemplating whether or not I should delete these files in order to reclaim hard disk space, but prior to doing so, I would like to get some pointers from you as to which selection of files in this folder is safe to delete. Am I wrong to assume that it is safe to completely delete all files in c:\windows\ ... (view more)

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