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Explore the URL Cache using the WinInet library
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My desire to create a one button solution to blow away all files left on my machine from my browser lead me down the path of the URL Cache. This seems to be the place where all internet related files are managed. Of course this journey turned into a full-blown application to look into the cache and view the details of what's actually kept there.

All methods to manipulate the URL cache are part of the WinInet library. This library is fairly low-level (not quite at the socket level, but it's pretty far down there). In addition to the cache, the library also provides http, ftp, and gopher file transfer functionality.

Walking the URL cache is very similar to using the Win32 file related functions. FindFirst (with some parameters) returns a handle, FindNext (until there are no more), that sort of thing. I developed a set of classes to deal with the nitty-gritty. You'll find these in the UrlCacheUtil.h/.cpp files.

The application is fairly self documenting (famous last words). I'll leave it to you to get out of it what you want. The detail dialog is modeless, so it can be left up as you scroll through the cache entries.

Some interesting notes:

  • There are definitely some undocumented CacheEntryType's being used. I suspect IE creates some for it's own internal use.
  • The Groups are somewhat a mystery to me. I haven't come across one with a name yet. I suspect all entries go into an unnamed group by default.


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GeneralAbout error \UrlExplr.rc(10): Could not find the file atlres.h., \UrlExplr.rc(10) : fatal error RC1015: cannot open include file 'atlres.h'. Pinmemberkrishnakumartm22-Oct-08 10:05 
QuestionUnable to compile program. Pinmemberjamesw200325-Nov-05 13:28 
AnswerRe: Unable to compile program. PinmemberDJDoctor25-Mar-09 1:42 
GeneralThanks! PinmemberFloottan19-Feb-05 17:07 
GeneralGood Job Pinmemberkrskumar15-Sep-03 23:45 
GeneralRe: Good Job PinmemberDJDoctor25-Mar-09 1:40 
QuestionIE History For ALL users? PinsussJeffLoh11-Sep-03 17:30 
QuestionWhat about Content.IE5? Pinmembernkirkes23-Jul-03 7:44 
GeneralGood app PinmemberCelta687-Jul-03 18:27 
GeneralGood app but article could be better PinsitebuilderPaul Watson9-Jun-03 22:01 

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