INetCache Virtualized folder in AppData

Gazz6767 1 Reputation point

Hi, can anyone help me understand what this folder is for? I have various paths such as:


It is the virtualized part of the folder path what is confusing me mainly. The first path's part after this is clearly the central location for thumbnails.

Why is there a Thumbs.db in a virtualized Downloads folder though?

OS is Windows 8.1


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  1. Limitless Technology 38,771 Reputation points

    Hi @Gazz6767

    The thumbnail images found in the Virtual folder are from web pages viewed and they are not the thumbnail files from images saved on the computer.

    In Windows Vista and Windows 7, the operating system creates Virtual Folders in Temporary Internet Files to store files that Internet Explorer tries to save in protected locations. So, instead of causing an 'add-on' to fail when it tries to write a data file to the Windows folder or Program Files, Windows Vista and Windows 7 redirect the write operation to a virtual equivalent.

    The virtualized folders occur because of the Protected Mode of Internet Explorer.
    Enhanced Protected Mode add-on compatibility

    Hope this resolves your Query!!

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