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WebCache .log file

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    windows 8

    WebCache .log file


    I am noob and have a question. I have noticed that a random .log file will appear in my C:\Users\"username"\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WebCache folder. The file usually has a name similar to V10009C.log. When this file first appeared I opened it with notepad and it was a bunch of jibberish (i.e. REDIRECTURL   ), but within all that gibberish I was able to note that it was showing files I had recently accessed (i.e., V i s i t e d : "username"@ f i l e : / / / C : / W i n d o w s / S y s t e m / N e w % 2 0 f o l d e r/filename.extension).

    I was able to "securely" delete the file. However, a few days later I noticed a new file appeared with a similar name. When I looked through that file it seemed to have all the previous information from the previous file I deleted and information on files I had accessed since deleting the old file.

    Any idea what this file is and how it keeps adding information of files accessed? I really do not want to have this file reach some absurd file size as it seems to be retaining/recovering information even after deletion.

    Also, there is a file in the same folder called WebCacheV01.dat that has grown to 33 mb. Can't see its contents and I can't delete it.

    Thanks for all of your help.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I believe those files are "cached" pages that are used to re-render common pages that have not changed. If you notice, sometimes when you use the back button on the browser, it reloads a cached version of the page rather than redownloading it. I believe this folder is used for that.

    This link has some interesting information on it.

    A few words about the cache / history on Internet Explorer 10
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    I believe those files are "cached" pages that are used to re-render common pages that have not changed. If you notice, sometimes when you use the back button on the browser, it reloads a cached version of the page rather than redownloading it. I believe this folder is used for that.

    This link has some interesting information on it.

    A few words about the cache / history on Internet Explorer 10

    Thank you for your response. That partially explains the .dat file. However, I don't use IE10 at all and it doesn't explain the .log file. The .log file seems to be logging every file I open.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    my .log files only have web files listed in them.. images, and css files and what not. HOw are you "opening" those files?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    my .log files only have web files listed in them.. images, and css files and what not. HOw are you "opening" those files?
    I use firefox to view them.
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WebCache .log file
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