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How to Clean Out (Delete) the Files in the Adobe and Java Caches

Updated on February 22, 2018

Many people do not realize this, but viruses can come into your computer from Adobe Flash Player scripts and from Java scripts. These viruses are tricky little buggers. Normal and advanced virus scans will show them, but will be unable to remove the whole virus. After the virus protection program deletes the virus, the rest of the virus, hidden in the temporary files, will regenerate itself and you will be stuck with the same virus again. This can be vicious cycle if you do not know how to clear out the temporary files left by these programs. So, I am going to show you how to Clean out the Adobe and Java cache, using Windows Vista. The process, I am told, is the same for Windows 7.

There are times when a virus is embedded in an Adobe or Java file, and are downloaded onto your computer when you play them. Adobe and Java are everywhere on the internet, and it’s impossisble to avoid these scripts. Many virus scans, while they pick up on these viruses, have a hard time removing them, which is why it’s a good idea to know how to manually empty the cache. First, enter the control panel. Change it from this view-

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to this view by clicking the classic mode button on the left hand side. Once you have opened the classic mode, click on the icon for Flash Player.

Another window should pop up. Click delete all to empty the files.

Once again, another window will pop up. Select ‘Delete all site Data and Settings’ and unclick ‘Delete all video and audio licenses.’ Deleting this will only cause more problems for you. The computer will have to re-download all the Audio and Video Licenses that you have already downloaded. It'll make you first time back on the internet slower. Then click ‘Delete all data’ to clear the files.

Okay, now to clear the Java cache. Go back to the conrol panel in classic mode. Click on the Java Icon, and the Java window will open.

Click ‘Settings’ under the Temporary Internet Files Section, and click on Delete Files.

Another window will pop up with two options. Do not unclick either one. Both are just different sections of the memory. Unclicking them means they will not be deleted. Just click the 'OK' button. Remember, deleting these files will not delete your internet history or settings. Doing this will only get rid of the unneeded files, and any viruses contained within.

And there you go! You have successfully deleted the files in the Adobe and Java cache! Remember, doing this will get rid of any viruses in these files, and hopefully speed up your computer and make it easier to work with. If you are still having problems with your computer, and haven't yet, check out my other hub, Basic Computer Maintenance to Prevent Crashes, Slowdowns and Overheating. You might find it useful as well. Having trouble with your computer or have a tip on how to make one faster? Leave a comment below!

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    • littlething profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie S 

      3 years ago

      Anytime! Glad to have been a help!

    • Shades-of-truth profile image

      Emily Tack 

      3 years ago from USA

      Thank you! I do that, once in a while, but had to refresh my memory as to the exact process.

    • littlething profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie S 

      3 years ago

      JamaGenee, I'm glad that it at least helped a little bit! :/ That is interesting about your missing gigs though. When you find out what it is, could you let me know? I've never encounter a problem like that before, and it will probably bug me for a while. :) Good luck with you computer though!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      littlething, I did both and it did speed things up considerably, but the aforementioned "missing gigs" are still missing, so I'm heading to your other hub about basic computer maintenance. ;D

    • littlething profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie S 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for reading, and I hope this helps. I actually found this completely by accident when playing with my computer one day. When I deleted these files, my computer stopped having problems, and coming up with virus warnings. A little internet research later, I found that I was on to something. Let me know how this works for your computer!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      3 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Thank you! I'm not computer illiterate by any means, and am a real bug about keeping a "clean" harddrive, but every "improved" version of Windows seems to purposely make it harder and harder to find the worst offenders, even with a reliable "cleaning" program. I know *something* takes over several gigs of memory periodically, then gives it back a month or so later. Since it's not large files that I've added myself, Adobe and Java sound exactly like the sneaky culprits I've been looking for! Thanks!

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