How to Dump Junk Files

What are Junk Files?

Windows OS requires certain temporary files to help it perform certain tasks smoothly. These files are commonly known as Junk files. These files are no longer required once the concerning file operation has been successfully completed. Sometimes, as in the case of installers, a system reboot is required to unlock and delete these files.

Origin of Junk Files

The junk files are stored in what’s known as the “Temp” sub folder located in C:\Windows directory.

  • Another kind of Temporary Files created by different applications are stored in the following directory. “C:\Users\USER_NAME_HERE\AppData\Local\Temp”

Next comes the browsing history, temporary web files, browser cache, form fill-up data, saved information (such as passwords) etc. The directories containing these files may vary depending on the browser as well as its version.

Time Required to Delete Junks

Manual cleaning can take much longer time as it involves going through a wide range of different directories to dig up temp files, deleting them; and then repeating the same process across all directories where such temp files reside.

Using an automated tool like Sorcim’s ST Cleaner will take no longer than a minute. A thorough clean-up can be easily performed with a single click.

Procedure

Manual

Search for the following file types by typing them out one by one in the Search box on the upper right-hand corner in the File Explorer.

  • *.tmp
  • *.bak
  • *.temp
  • *.log

Delete all the search results (files) individually. If you want to review all files before deleting, just move them to a separate folder instead of moving them to the Recycle Bin.

Automated

With Sorcim’s ST Cleaner all you’ve got to do is click on the “Scan” button. After waiting for a short while you will see the Scan Results on your screen laid out across different categories like System Cache, Software Junks, Web and Privacy, Social and Multimedia. With a single click you can efficiently clean-up temps in all these categories and free up valuable hard disk space.