Clean Internet Clutter From Your Computer

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To clean Internet clutter from a computer, simply click on the "Tools" menu in the browser window, select "Internet Options," click on "Browsing history" and click on "Delete." Help a computer process quickly by deleting temporary files with IT help from a software developer in this free video on computers.

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Hi, my name's Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to clean internet clutter from you computer. Let's go to our desktop, and we're going to click on our 'Start' button, and let's just launch our web browser. Now what we're going to do is, we're going to delete temporary files, basically personal information, as well as cached information that gets stored on your computer while you're browsing the internet. So click on 'Tools', let's then go to 'Internet Options'. Now in the middle here, under 'Browsing History', click on 'Delete'. This brings up a list of all the different types of information you can delete. You can delete the temporary internet files, which is basically files that are saved to your desktop while you're browsing. Cookies are data that you've stored in websites--sometimes it's login data, sometimes it's other information. Your history is actually a list of the sites that you've visited. Form data is information that you have typed into forms and then had Internet Explorer save for later use, and passwords are any passwords that have been saved while you've been logging into websites on the internet. So I'm just going to click 'Delete All'. And this is actually going to go through each one of those items and delete everyone one of them off my computer. Now I'm going to check this check box here that says 'Also delete files and settings that are stored by add-ons.' This will allow Internet Explorer to also delete any other files that were created by, let's say you have a bunch of toolbars on your web browser up here in this area, this will allow the browser to delete those as well. So I'm going to check that, and I'm going to click 'Yes'. Now it's now going through and deleting all the content. It came up kind of quick and went away as you can see, but once that deleting interface disappears and you're back to the 'Internet Options' dialogue right here, all that information has been cleared out. My name's Dave Andrews, and I've just showed you how to clean internet clutter from your computer.

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