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Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2001 - 7:47 pm:   

Hello all,
Just wondering about index.dat file. Its something stored in my cookies and when i go to clear cookies all are deleted except the index.dat file.

The message comes up "cannot delete index.dat access denied"

Recently i received an ad about stopping hackers getting through your pc...

Apparently even though we clear cookies and delete our history trail...hackers can still get in via that index.dat file

The advertisement and purchasing a certain product apparently will take care of it. Is there a way to delete it without purchasing programs?
Any help much appreciated,

Brent Hughes (Brenthughes)
Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2001 - 12:07 am:   

There is a very detailed thread, in this same catagory, titled "Deleting Temporary Files" that deals with this question rather well. It is a very long thread but the information is well worth it so take a look.

Posted on Monday, November 19, 2001 - 12:33 am:   

thanks brent,
am not sure if i found it...i did have a look around. I was just wondering if there is a way to delete index.dat file without having to go into dos (whatever that is :) excuse my computer ignorance)

i dont want to tamper with these settings here and then found i have done major damage. Why cant we just right click on it and choose delete without it coming up with "access denied" comment...

thanks anyway,
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2002 - 9:27 pm:   

I tried to delete or empty index.dat too ... even using dos ... but even dos would not let me delete it or rename it .... I noticed those evidence eliminator and cleansweep programs can do it but I don't want to pay $99 just to clean up my index.dat file. Any quick answers on how to do this?
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2002 - 12:20 pm:   

if you go into dos. and delete it, it gets recreated upon reboot using whatever cookies are currently stored on your system. i use dos safe mode myself to delete it, since it's a system file and cannot be deleted while in windows since it's being used at that time. try to delete all cookies in the cookies folder and the temporary internet files folder, then shutdown and reboot to dos safe mode and type "del c:\windows\cookies\index.dat" upon which a confirmation will come up which it asks are you sure, and you press Y, then reboot.

that will delete all cookies and then when the index.dat file is recreated, it will have no cookies to import for a list.
Posted on Saturday, February 1, 2003 - 8:46 am:   

I installed Norton SystemWorks 2003 on my new pc with WinXP. It has a utility called Wipeinfo so I opened it up and dragged my Temp, History and Cookie IE5 index dat files to it and deleted them. No more dat files.
Will these missing dat files have any operational consequences?
When I delete temp files in the future will they truly be deleted or, lacking the dat files as a destination, be stored elsewhere?
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 6:57 pm:   

If you have win98 their is a free program that will clean off the 5 or 6 index.dat files that M$ tries to hide, that index.dat shows every URL you computer has been too, this programs erases all that data and in the other hidden .dat files as well. If needed shoot me an email - Subject - Dat i don't delete the email.

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