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IE6: The goddamn hidden cache

Aside from the ‘goddamn’, this article title may sound like a good movie name.  Anyway, it turns out that IE has a hidden cache of temporary internet files (TIFs).  Big deal, right?  Everyone and their grandmother knows that Windows/IE/MS-products-in-general and even software-in-general have these caches of files for whatever reason – sometimes good, sometimes not so good.  A little Google searching and you find out how to unhide your hidden and system files and hot dog – you can see everything.

Wrong. Despite doing everything the Windows UI allows you to do to see ‘hidden’ files, there is a folder called Content.IE5 which you will not find. It can be reached by a few different methods, but the most direct is: Start > Run > “%homepath%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5”.  There you may find some 8-character long folders, an index.dat file, and maybe a desktop.ini file.  Browsing these folders and/or deleting the contents may be nigh impossible, especially if you’ve ever had a cache overflow problem, and especially if you’ve ever had a browser hijacker which sat there reloading incomplete web pages over and over.  Such was my case.  A colleague has entrusted me to clean up some problems on her computer, and this goddamn cache is preventing me from moving forward*.  There are probably 10s if not 100s of millions of little files in these folders.  I’m currently running CClean on it.  It seems to be the only thing that can knock them out at a decent pace.  Even a command line del command just hung.  Shift+Delete? Forget about it.

This issue is confounding, it’s bullshit, and from what I’ve read, it’s still a problem in the latest incarnations of the ghost of Windows past.  Thank god for browser choices such as Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.  To me, junk like this defeats every other MS zealot’s argument in favor of using the ‘standard’ browser, Internet Explorer, or as I prefer: Internet Destroyer.

*a thorough virus scan on a computer takes a long time.  Uselessly scanning millions of tiny files which are garbage data can take all night + all day + ??? I couldn’t let it continue. 24 hours later and it was still scanning in the same folder which I didn’t even care about!!!

Killing me softly: Searchindexer.exe

Do you have a process that won’t die? Tired of searchindexer.exe calling you at home to harrass you for the rent? Do you have credit card debt?

Your solution is here! OK, what you want to do to prevent searchindexer.exe (searchprotocolhost.exe) from spawning every time some MS product loads, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Start > Run
  2. Enter ‘services.msc’ and hit Enter.
  3. Find ‘Windows Search’
  4. Punch the screen (just kidding)
  5. Double-click (on the Win Search item)
  6. Set ‘Start-up type’ to ‘Manual’.
  7. Click the ‘Stop’ button if it is enabled (because that means the service is running)
  8. Click the ‘Log On’ tab
  9. Select each hardware profile item on the list, one at a time, and click ‘Disable’ for each one.

That should stop it from running without hacking your system to bits. Now, I have to say that I have NO IDEA what this is going to do to the searchability of your MS products. I mean, if Outlook is firing it up, it must be indexing your e-mail with it or something, so who knows what effects it could have ultimately. But in the mean time, enjoy the CPU time you’ll save, which I believe translates to energy savings as well. It must, right?

If I’m wrong, educate me.

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