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Junk Files: What are they and how to delete?

Ask any computer expert and he will recommend you to have benign yet useless junk files to be deleted. Overtime your computer stores unnecessary files on its storage space that might not affect your computer system performance-wise much; however, it does take a lot of space as it keeps piling up. It’s always good to clean your computer from junk files so that the quality of your experience may not suffer.

What are Junk files?

Ever thought of what actually is a junk file? Junk files are type of files that were temporarily stored in your computer to serve a purpose. It outstayed and became a piece of filth. These can be temporary internet files, cached thumbnail images from sites you viewed, or program setup files that are no more needed after the installation is finished. All these files are useful as long as they are needed. But they are not deleted by the system automatically once they are out of use. They are going to stay unless you remove them. Although, they do not cause much harm, you need to get rid of junk files to keep your computer running at its perfect speed and capacity.

Is Junk file problematic?

The basic consequence of having a heap of junk files is shortage of space on hard drive. The hard disk space is limited and can store data up to a maximum. Junk files occupy valuable disk space that could otherwise be used to save a new file or download a program. It may also cause trouble by slowing down the running of programs and applications. Your computer can also be slow on startup.

How to delete junk files?

It’s best to clean up your entire disk as you never know where your junk files are stored. Follow the simple steps to use your system’s in-built disk cleanup tool.

1. Open start, click “All programs”, click Accessories and go to system tools. There you will click Disk Cleanup. It will prompt you to select the drive you want to clean up.

2. Go to control panel. Click system and security. At the bottom you will see administrative tools. Click “Free up disk space” under that. It will bring forward a window which asks you to select the drive for clean up.
This may take few seconds or minutes depending upon data on your hard drive. Check the boxes beside the files you want to delete and then reboot.

3. To clean up temporary internet files, press “CTRL + H.” After history opens, click clear browsing data. It’s preferable to check all the boxes.

This is all about junk files. Make sure your browsing history, cookies, temporary internet files, recycle bin items are always cleared.

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