Clean Up Windows Log Files

Temporary Files in our computers nowadays occupy huge chunks of space. And periodic sweeping of such elements is necessary for optimum performance. Temporary files hold information that is no longer required once you’ve exited the corresponding software program or app. There are several kinds of Temporary Files, one of the more important type of them being known as Log files. Log files are sometimes also known as foo files. Unless you’re experiencing the Blue Screen of Death, random system reboots, Windows crashes or any other runtime errors, you do not need log files and can proceed to delete them regularly without any worries to help rid your computer of any excessive junk.

Deleting temporary files

  1. Type “%temp” in the Run dialog box (Windows Key + R). You may alternatively open C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Temp using File Explorer.
  2. Select all, delete subfolders and files in the “Temp” folder.

Deleting Log Files

In the Run dialog, type “Logs” and click OK. You may alternatively open C:\Windows\Logs directory and delete the entire contents to retrieve maximum hard disk capacity.

Deleting Web Junk

Web junk includes Temporary Internet Files, cache of several web browsers installed on your system, browser form fill-up data, and so on.

Microsoft Edge

  1. Click Hub icon.
  2. Click History tab in the panel that appears on right corner of your browser window.
  3. Click “Clear all history” link.
  4. Click “Downloads icon” in the same panel.
  5. Click “Clear all” link.

Internet Explorer

  1. Open Run. (Windows Key + R)
  2. Type “inetcpl.cpl”
  3. Under the General tab, click on the “Delete” button
  4. Check all the boxes except the last one labelled as “Tracking protection, ActiveX filtering and do not track”
  5. Click “Delete” button

Google Chrome

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys at once
  2. Select “the beginning of time” option from the drop down menu
  3. Next, check all boxes
  4. Click “Clear browsing data” button

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Delete keys simultaneously
  2. Choose a time range to clear the trash from, and then click the “Clear Now” button

Opera

  1. Click the Opera icon on the upper left-hand side of your screen
  2. Choose “History” option from the drop down box
  3. Choose to delete it from the beginning of time, and finally click on “Clear browsing data”

Safari

  1. Click Safari Menu
  2. Click “Clear history and website data”
  3. Choose the time range from the “Clear” drop down box
  4. Next, click the “Clear history” button

Searching & Deleting Logs

Log files located in other folders can be easily traced through Windows Search. To do so, open Windows Explorer and enter the below mentioned keywords one by one in the Search Box located on upper right-hand corner. Once the results are displayed, delete them permanently by pressing Shift + Delete.

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

Advanced CleanUp – Free Up Tens of GBs of Storage Space

Using a third-party tool can help you free up several GBs of storage space by removing unwanted logs, old backups, temp files and junk files. To do so:

  1. Download Sorcim’s ST Cleaner.
  2. Go for the full scan and delete junk across all categories once you get the scan results.
  3. The process is instant. With a single click, you can clean-up system junk, multimedia and browser junk, system and application cache contents, and a lot more. You may choose to ignore certain items by adding them to the “Ignore List”.