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I have a server running Windows Server 2003. Nobody uses the internet from this machine. If I go to C:\Documents and Settings\(user)\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files and right-click for Properties, it tells me there is over 4GB in 24 files and 6 folders. The only files shown are 2 cookies created in 2007. I've set it to "Show hidden files and folders" and turned off "Hide protected operating system files". My specific questions:

  1. How do I see what's out there?
  2. How do I find out where it's coming from? I don't think it's Explorer.
  3. How do I periodically clean out the folder without doing it by hand?
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Not 100% certain about the first two questions, but there are lots of options for #3. I personally use CCleaner to scrub the cruft from the family PC automatically once a day. If you run it by hand, it should give you list of files found, depending on the function you're using.

For #1 you could also try running "dir /s" while standing in that "Temporary Internet Files" from the command prompt.

For #2 it could be from any software that does automatic updates (such as Adobe Acrobat viewer, Sun's Java, and MS's own Security Essentials and Automatic Updates). This is just a guess, as I'm not 100% certain where these apps store their downloads.

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Thanks, dir /s is showing everything. The large files are created by a program I wrote that runs on the server - it will probably lead to another question on Stackoverflow. – Mark Ransom Dec 3 '09 at 17:48

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