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deleting index.dat files in Windows 7?


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#1 dumb bytes

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:44 PM

I am brand new to this site. This is my first post. I tried to find the information that I was looking for in the search feature, but to no avail.

I am wanting to know if there is a way to manually delete the index.dat files completely off my computer in Windows 7. If not, is there a utility that you would recommend that is safe and effective to use? Although I can get around on my computer just fine, I am in no way an advanced user. Detailed instructions would be most appreciated.

If there are already threads with this information, if you could link them here that would be helpful.

Thank you for your help!

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#2 Allan

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:48 PM

You can either delete it in safe mode, use an app such as MoveOnBoot to delete at the next boot, or use ccleaner to delete it

http://emcosoftware.com/move-on-boot

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

#3 dumb bytes

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 03:05 PM

Allan thanks. I already tried in MS Dos in Safe Mode, but it just came back telling me that it could not find an index.dat file. I tried c:\del index.dat/s

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 05:49 AM

Hello -
If you are not quite happy with the reply from Allan - See Below -
Please Google the phrase "manually delete the index.dat files"
You will find many examples of how to do this -

Thank You -

#5 Chillum

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 05:48 PM

Thanks for the recommendations but which option box would I check/tick in CCleaner to delete these index.dat files please?.

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Posted 03 December 2011 - 05:56 PM

Be sure to run Ccleaner as an administrator, you will likely receive the UAC administrator prompt when attempting to run it. If you don't receive this prompt then right click on ccleaner and choose "run as administrator".

On the cleaner tab of ccleaner, under internet explorer the option is called "index.dat files", it is checked by default.

If you run ccleaner it will delete this file, however I imagine windows will regenerate a new bank copy of the file so if you check and it looks like it's still there that is why.

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:25 AM

Thanks for your help l337hackzor can't see how I missed it :thumbup2:

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 04:34 PM

CCleaner is what i'd recommend for deleting index.dat files as other have suggested.




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