Hi Michele, Here are a few programs that may help; Before using any program be sure to read and follow the instructions. You can use some free programs to cleanup your existing system like; ~~~~ Privacy and Security on the Internet: History and Cache Files http://home.mpinet.net/pilobilus/CS04.html ~~~~ HDCleaner clears the fixed disk (Win95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP) http://www.zsoftware.de/hdcleaner_e.htm HDCleaner clears the fixed disk and removes unnecessary file garbage from all available drives. The most important groups of files, about BAK, CHK, GID, ~ * *, TMP, are before-configured already and need to be only selected. After the selection of the desired drives HDCleaner starts scanning and searches the data . ~~~~ UltraWipe 1.5.1 Free http://www.davecentral.com/projects/ultrawipe/ UltraWipe is an advanced Windows utility from www.RedStrike.com, that enables complete removal of sensitive data from the hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns while recovering disk space. ~~~ Windows CleanUp! Utility Version 2.0 http://cleanup.stevengould.org/ ~~~ Expert Version of "Cleanup.Bat" http://www.langa.com/cleanup_bat_expert.htm This free batch file can scrub your hard drive clean of many junk files, freeing up (typically) anywhere from tens to thousands of megabytes of otherwise-wasted disk space. *** very good program; BUT it is capable of removing files you need. Before using any program be sure to read and follow the instructions. ~~~ Welcome to the web-site of Disk Cleaner. http://diskcleaner.tripod.com/ With Disk Cleaner you can easily clean up disk space that is now used by temporary files like those in the system temporary folder, the Internet Explorer Cache and Cookies folder, and the Recycle Bin. ~~~ Mike ~ It is a good day if I learned something new. Editor MikesWhatsNews see a sample on my web page http://www3.telus.net/mikebike <mikeswhatsnews-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx?Subject=3Dsubscribe> See my Anti-Virus pages ~ http://virusinfo.hackfix.org *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 10/05/2002 at 7:53 PM michele wrote: >>the temporary internet files are cookies, emails, programs wav's and other=3D files that were downloaded. the Temp files are files created when a program or application is=3D 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. SNIP - 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.