A. Temporary Internet files are essentially a log of everything you've viewed on the Web. To clear the Temporary Internet Files folder when you close the browser, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the IE Tools menu, then select Internet Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Security section.
  4. Select the "Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed" checkbox, then click OK.

You can also use the registry to configure IE to empty the Temporary Internet Files folder upon exiting the browser by performing the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Cache registry subkey.
  3. Double-click Persistent, set its value to 0, then click OK.
  4. Close the registry editor, then start IE for the change to take effect.

Remember that although you can configure IE to automatically empty the Temporary Internet Files folder each time you close the browser, your History log will still list the sites you've visited, so you might want to also manually clear this setting each time (go to the Tools menu, select Internet Options, select the General tab, then click Clear History).