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#1 sultrynights

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 10:23 AM

I found out that IE5 has something called index.dat files that keep track of where you go on the internet. I have upgraded to IE7 but was wondering if there is a way to remove all those old IE5 files that were logging my searches. The files are hard to find but they are there. I downloaded a free program that clears some of them but it didn't remove them all and I'd like to get rid of them permanently. Can anyone please help with this?

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 01:30 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index.dat

My advice would be to leave such files alone, they are trivial, IMO (and I left my paranoia back in 1971 when I left the university)...but it's your system and I've been wrong many, many times :thumbsup:.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 01:37 PM

thanks louis! i wanted to clean them for personal reasons...i'm not totally paranoid, yet! :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 01:41 PM

I didn't mean you...but the majority of those who initiated concern about such...certainly seem to have been such :thumbsup:.

I wonder if they are concerned about having all critical updates installed, along with requisite other malware-defense programs? Just an idle thought :flowers:.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 01:48 PM

certainly possible! :thumbsup: thanks again for the link.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 02:21 PM

You can remove the index.dat file by signing into another account, making sure all hidden and system files are visible and then going into the profile for the account that you want that deleted from and just delete it. It wil be recreated when you log into that name. You can get to it by going to Documents and Settings, User Name, Local Settings, Temporary Internet Files, Content IE5,

As for the files in the IE5 folders, those are cleared out when you use Internet Options in Control Panel and select delete files. The history files are cleared out in the same place by clicking on clear history.

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 03:07 PM

Hello if needed...
Show hidden files .

Close all programs so that you are at your desktop.
Double-click on the My Computer icon.
Select the Tools menu and click Folder Options.
After the new window appears select the View tab.
Put a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Display the contents of system folders.
Under the Hidden files and folders section select the radio button labeled Show hidden files and folders.
Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide file extensions for known file types.
Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
Press the Apply button and then the OK button and shutdown My Computer.
Now your computer is configured to show all hidden files.
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Posted 27 May 2009 - 03:17 PM

thanks so much for the help, stang and boop! Good to know i can get rid of them. :thumbsup:

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 06:18 PM

Its not very smart to delete encrypted files. That being said, you can read these files using index.dat Viewer™, available free at http://www.pointstone.com/products/


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