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I want to delete temporary internet files. Notice I did not say clear the cache. That does not work! How can I delete the temp files? Why did you take that feature away? VERY frustrating that you would do that!

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I search for how to delete temp int files and keep coming up with the "clear cache" crap. That is not what I searched for. Clear cache does NOT delete the temp files. Why would you take that feature away??

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Firefox does not use or clear the temporary internet files that IE and some plugins uses. Firefox uses the Cache whether you are using Firefox on Windows, Mac OSX, Linux or some other OS.

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The Windows temporary internet files folder isn't used directly by Firefox. Firefox uses its own cache folder and you can see its current usage on the about:cache page via the location bar.

If anything does show up in the temporary internet files folder then it is likely caused by using MS plugins like the Windows Media Player or Silverlight. You need to clear that folder via IE or the control panel (internet settings).

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Firefox does not use or clear the temporary internet files that IE and some plugins uses. Firefox uses the Cache whether you are using Firefox on Windows, Mac OSX, Linux or some other OS.

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That answers the first question: How to delete them and the answer is "use IE". However, the second part is why would they remove that very useful tool? Whether Firefox uses them or not, it was a very useful ability and dropping it was a mistake!

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Firefox has no control over the IE (Windows) Temporary Internet Files or other cache used by plugins (Java also has its own cache).
You can only empty Firefox's own cache folder via Clear Recent History although you can clear cookies created by plugins if they support removing cookies (Flash does).