>>>>>>>>>>>>Index.dat

>>>>>>>>>>>>Index.dat

Post by anonymou » Tue, 23 Dec 2003 22:52:41


On my computer there is a file called index.dat which is
uses by IE so when i try to delete it it says that you
can't. I know that i can delete it if i go into DOS but
if i do delete it what would happen?

Yhe reason i want to delete is that i read somewhere that
i has all your browsing history in it. Could you also
tell me what the file is used for. if that is not what it
is used for.
 
 
 

>>>>>>>>>>>>Index.dat

Post by Sparker » Tue, 23 Dec 2003 23:53:29

The file does what you've been told it does, by design, and it's a concern for many users. See this link for info about a tool to remove this file and related info:

Free History Eraser
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

This file (index.dat) is used by the caching system that IE uses to maintain the internet files that are downloaded to your system for viewing. I have my system setup so that this file's folder is purged whenever the browser is closed.

I do this not so much for the privacy issue but as a way to keep the cache clean since many problems in IE are due to corrupted files in this cache. That's why there's a feature in IE that allows the user to purge these files (but the index.dat file is not deleted).

Hope this helps.
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>>>>>>>>>>>>Index.dat

Post by Rames » Wed, 24 Dec 2003 03:19:04

Delete the History folder and index.dat:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

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On my computer there is a file called index.dat which is
uses by IE so when i try to delete it it says that you
can't. I know that i can delete it if i go into DOS but
if i do delete it what would happen?

Yhe reason i want to delete is that i read somewhere that
i has all your browsing history in it. Could you also
tell me what the file is used for. if that is not what it
is used for.