Parsing files when loading project eventually crashes IDEA

Hello,

If this is the wrong location to post, please let me know where I should post this.

When reopening a project in IDEA (v.8), it sits and parses files for a very long time.  I notice that some files are project related but most are things that make no apparent sense (such as temporary internet files, program files, etc).  This is of course very irrating, but now my most important project crashes IntelliJ before it ever finishes loading.

- How can I recover my project at this point?
- How can I prevent such a waste of my time and patience?  Is there a way to disable or limit this feature.

Thanks in advance!
Bret

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