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#1 rlight

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 02:20 PM

Hey,

I keep hearing about index.dat files that are kept on the hard drive and I am told that these can and should be removed. Privacy Mantra has been recommended for this. Do you have an opinion on this program? Or can you recommend any other program that will accomplish the removal of index.dat files?

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:36 PM

Index.dat files are used by Internet Explorer and Windows to store history, Internet cache, cookies, UserData records and other information about what you have done in Internet.

The index.dat file is a database file. It is a repository of information such as web URLs, search queries and recently opened files. Its purpose is to enable quick access to data used by Internet Explorer...The index.dat file is user-specific and is open as long a user is logged on in Windows. Separate index.dat files exist for the Internet Explorer history, cache, and cookies.

...Internet privacy groups contend[citation needed] that the use of index.dat files in the Windows operating system is an invasion of users' privacy. The information contained in an index.dat file can be considered private to the user. One of the groups' main complaints is that the index.dat files cannot easily be deleted. This is because windows prevents open or "locked" files from being deleted.

...Various free programs (among them Red Button, CCleaner, Index.dat Suite), can completely remove index.dat files until they are recreated by Windows, though CCleaner, and perhaps the others, does not delete the hidden index.dat file in the Temporary Internet Files folder, which contains a copy of the cookies that were in the Cookies folder. However, if Secure Deletion is enabled in CCleaner then this will effectively wipe the contents of this file although the size will continue to increase with use.

About index.dat files

Note: Although the Wikipedia write up references that a large index.dat file can impair performance, I have not found that to be true in any significant degree which would cause concern.

If you use Internet Explorer 8 or 9, you can use InPrivate Browsing mode which enables you to surf the web without leaving a trail in Internet Explorer.

If you do a search on the net for how to erase Index.dat files, you will find various free third party utilities such as those already noted above..

I have never used Privacy Mantra but the publisher's description is about the same as similar tools by other vendors.
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Posted 28 December 2011 - 07:35 PM

Thank you!! I appreciate the information.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 11:59 PM

You're welcome.
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