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How can I get firefox to not save pdf files (such as bank statements I have looked at) to my documents and settings/temp folder?

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I just realized that some (but not all pdf files that I have opened) pdf files of bank statements as well as other pdf files that I have opened when browsing with firefox have been saved to my documents and settings/temp folder. I am concerned about this for security of my data, but also confused as to why all of these documents (as well as some word documents and other types of non .tmp files) are being stored here. Please tell me how to stop this from happening.

Thank you, Wimajeanne

I just realized that some (but not all pdf files that I have opened) pdf files of bank statements as well as other pdf files that I have opened when browsing with firefox have been saved to my documents and settings/temp folder. I am concerned about this for security of my data, but also confused as to why all of these documents (as well as some word documents and other types of non .tmp files) are being stored here. Please tell me how to stop this from happening. Thank you, Wimajeanne

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Are you downloading/saving those PDF files or open them for viewing in an external PDF viewer like the Adobe Reader?

In these cases you may see the PDF files in the %temp% folder.

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I can understand that they would appear there if I have the document open, or have recently viewed it. These documents are over a month old, some are over a year old.

Also, it is not just PDF files, I also see word docs and java.exe files in this folder. None of these files have the %temp% in the title as they do when I have a particular document open, rather they are a copy of the file or document that I have saved to my data file.

My main concern is the security of information when random PDF and doc files are stored here without my knowledge. Thank you.

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If the files have been downloaded and saved by you and moved to another folder then you may have security (anti-virus) software preventing Firefox from removing the original file.