EDIT sorry for multiple threads, the site kept saying I had to wait 3 seconds, but I suppose it was posting anyway
Mod Edit: I deleted all dupes - Hamluis.
I was recently looking at index.dat files on an old computer running XP. Everything I read says these are the normal locations of index.dat files on XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Cookies\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHistXXXXXXXXXXX\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\UserData\index.dat
I have a few that are located within a Temp directory, which I'm not sure is normal or not.
Example would be C;\ Documents and Settings\ username\ Local Settings\ Temp\ History\.IE5\ index.dat. This file contains many urls of sites visited, etc.
"On Windows XP, the cache is usually located at %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files (where %USERPROFILE% is an environment variable pointing to the root directory of the logged-in user's user profile). However, the cache may be moved by changing a value in the registry. Occasionally an additional (hidden) cache named "Temporary Internet Files" may appear in %USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temp\Temporary Internet Files or in%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files. This location can only be deleted by manually accessing the folder and removing it.
One scenario that often (albeit not always) leads to the occurrence of this phenomenon proceeds as follows: 1. Malware: 2. Spyware"
They do list other reasons, but I don't know if they are applicable to me. Anyway, any help would be much appreciated.
Edited by hamluis, 02 July 2016 - 04:16 PM.