How to Remove Netflix Movies Temporary Files

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How to Remove Netflix Movies Temporary Files
Netflix stores temporary files on your computer for it to perform better. (online image by Leticia Wilson from

Netflix temporarily store files on your computer while you're streaming movies in order for you to watch them. Once the movie is done and the viewer is closed, in normal cases these files are automatically deleted. Occasionally, you may find that your computer is running slowly after watching these movies. In this case, there may be a glitch that left some of the temporary files on your computer. Since the actual files may be hard to find through a manual search, your computer can find and delete these files along with any other unnecessary temporary files.

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    Open your web browser and click on the "Tools" option. This is located on the top right-hand corner of Internet Explorer Web browsers, but can also be found through the control panel commands on most computers. Click on "Internet Options" from the drop-down menu.

  2. 2

    Click on the "General" tab. Click "Delete" under the "Browser History" heading, then check the box next to "Temporary Internet Files."

  3. 3

    Click the "Delete" button at the bottom of this menu. Wait for the visual of the files deleting to finish, then click "OK" on the remaining screen.

  1. 1

    Open the "Start" menu at the lower left-hand corner of the screen, then click on "Search."

  2. 2

    Click on "All files and folders" located on the left sidebar of this screen. Type ".tmp;~.*" to pull up all temporary files. Click on one to highlight it.

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    Click on the "X" at the top of the screen to delete the highlighted file or press the "Ctrl" and "A" buttons to highlight all of the files and delete them all. Do this only after you are confident that all files listed have ".temp" or the tilde in the name.

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    Empty the recycle bin to complete the deletion.

Tips and warnings

  • If you only want to delete the Netflix temporary files, look for the "Netflix" within the name of the temporary files that are pulled up when using the search function.
  • By and large, it is safe to remove any file with the ".temp" in its name. These files will download and store again upon each use. As in the case of watching a Netflix movie, these files are intended to be deleted by the program after each use anyway.

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