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Cookies In The Localservice Folder


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#1 Alan D

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 09:09 AM

There's a hidden system folder (XP SP2) called the LocalService folder under Documents and Settings. It contains a cookies folder, which in turn contains (sometimes) a few cookies, and an index.dat file. Can anyone answer these questions for me, please?

1. Why would a website plant a cookie in this system folder instead of the usual temporary internet files folder?
2. Ccleaner doesn't, by default, clear out these particular cookies, but I could set it up to do a custom clean of the LocalService cookie folder. That, presumably, would also delete the index.dat file. Is it safe to do that? Would Windows automatically recreate this index.dat file if it were deleted? (What bothers me here is that the LocalService folder is well-hidden for a reason, and I don't want to start deleting stuff in there without knowing what the consequences might be.)

Edited by Alan D, 15 November 2007 - 09:10 AM.

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