Hi Michele, 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. the files are unpacked by the installer then used to install the program.. Some programs do not do a good job of Uninstalling the files after an= installation. If a program is saving backups, they may end up in the temp files. Or if you are saving files without specifying the location, they may end up= in the temp. The temp internet file holds a unremovable file called index.dat which= stores your commonly used cookies and sites. I hope this helps. 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 08/05/2002 at 9:56 PM michele wrote: I have two questions about temporary files. I use Scan Disk on a regular basis and delete the temporary files. What exactly are these and how do they differ from "temporary internet files"? I've been assuming that these were one and the same. However, when I used Windows Explorer to look at= the contents of the temporary internet files folder, there were 57MB of stuff= in there. I went to IE>Tools>Internet Options and told it to delete the temporary files but nothing happened. The files are still there, even after a= reboot. What am I doing wrong? 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.