>>the temporary internet files are cookies, emails, programs wav's and other= files that were downloaded. the Temp files are files created when a program or application is= installed.<< I guess I did know that but I'd forgotten the difference. Those files are making me nuts so I hope someone can help. I'll apologize in advance for the length of this post. I have Win98 and IE5. Over the past two weeks, my system has slowed down and has begun to stutter to a stop frequently. When it does, the cursor freezes and Ctrl-Alt-Del doesn't work so I have to shut off with the power button and then go through the blue screen and Scan Disk when I reboot. Scan Disk has never found an error. My resources have dropped to 52% so I've been doing a lot of maintenance and trying to figure out what the problem is. Sometimes, I can hear the hard drive grinding away but I can't see what it's doing. I run Scan Disk periodically but it never seems to delete the temporary internet files. I also go in and manually delete selected cookies once in awhile but they don't stay gone. The next time I look, they're back. Last night, I was looking through the Windows files and discovered something odd (in addition to finding that a lot of the files listed are empty). In particular, I looked at three folders: C:\Windows\Cookies This held a lot of cookies - no surprise. C:\Windows\TEMP\Temporary Internet Files Content IE5 0pqvglij 1jhn7eel 4bbwy9yy Kdiz0p27 C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files Content IE5 67bkyaed 81evsta3 C9qr8xu3 Gpm3kdu3 Idehap0I Kqu1e41q Ov4rwvgt P7sip647 Sp6iahj3 Vo9nvat1 Wby589kz Wd2n8x2j *** Wpif0p2v X1779w1h *** Xsgcg52g Zqnrgi63 With the exception of the two I asterisked, every one of those letter&number files contained a duplicate copy of the same thing - hundreds of cookies. The other two contain 2.75MB (5,422 objects) of the same thing - many files with two digit numbers starting with 1 and hundreds more that start with CA followed by numbers and letters. They all show 0 KB so appear to be empty. There are also dozens of files with .jpg and .gif extensions that appear to be from the Net and some text files that are from e-mails. I don't know what they're doing there so I left them alone. I manually deleted all the cookie files. I went back and looked at all those files above and they were all empty (except the two I starred). About that time, the computer froze up. After I rebooted, I went back and looked at the files and they were all full of the same cookies again. Here's where it gets really weird. I deleted all the cookies again. Then I went to the Net and went to sites where I need passwords to see if my system would find the cookies somewhere. It didn't. I had to reenter the passwords. Then I went back and looked at those "empty" files again and, gasp, they now each had a duplicate copy of temporary internet files! So I ran Scan Disk again and told it to delete them - and this time it did. BUT all those files *now* have duplicate copies of the few cookies in C:\Windows\Cookies. My daughter says I need an exorcist. Can anyone suggest anything a little less drastic? I am completely baffled and also would like to free up the space. Thank you for reading all this! Michele - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.