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Index Dat File Removal

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by Lets_Fixit_2, Apr 16, 2007.

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  1. Lets_Fixit_2

    Lets_Fixit_2 Thread Starter

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    Removing all index.dat files from your computer

    1-Reboot computer and press F8 (or maybe F5 - depending on your setup) to get into advanced boot options.
    2-Select "safe mode with command prompt"
    3-Then log in as administrator.
    4-Next you get to the root prompt by typing "CD\" and press enter.
    5- Finally, type: "del index.dat /s" and press enter.
    6-Brand New index.dat files will start to be created as soon as you reboot your machine.
    7-You will be starting out fresh again.
    8-Then, if you use a free overwriting program like Eraser (found at SOURCE FORGE before defragging; and your internet activities will be much harder to trace.
     
  2. Stoner

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    I've been using CCleaner. Doesn't it also delete these index.dat files?
     
  3. WhitPhil

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    What this procedure does is remove ALL index.dat files which is NOT what you want to be doing.
    The only ones that "grow" and contain surfing history, etc. are the ones in \Cookies, \History and \TIF.

    Just because the file is named Index.dat, does NOT mean that it is a candidate for removal, or that the particular application can in fact rebuild it.

    CCLeaner, and other automated utilities that go specifically after the ones named above, are the way to go.
     
  4. Lets_Fixit_2

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    your question I've been using CCleaner. Doesn't it also delete these index.dat files? my reply you must remove the index dat files in safe mode as described . unfotunatly my impression of CC cleaner is not very good .was not to impressed with it.
     
  5. WhitPhil

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    There is no need to delete these files in safe mode.
    Run Ccleaner, select the files as candidate for deletions, and reboot.
    The files are deleted as part of the reboot process.
     
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    this is my web page and links on the left explain it more http://lildude564770.googlepages.com/let'sfixit'stweaksandtricks i have over 230 pages there and all under main and home are my sites
     
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    index files cannot be removed for all unless all processes are shut down and my directions show the only way to delete all and start out fresh
     
  8. Lets_Fixit_2

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    and if you do a serious check on CCcleaner it does not do all it says it has done
     
  9. WhitPhil

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    Sorry, but there IS a way to delete in use files, and CCleaner uses that process.

    It's the same "trick" that installation apps use in order to install "in use" dlls etc.
     
  10. WhitPhil

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    Would love to hear what it doesn't do.
    Links, examples would be great.

    We really don't condone hearsay and innuendo.
     
  11. Lets_Fixit_2

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    i removed CC cleaner sa it created more problems than good
     
  12. Lets_Fixit_2

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    sorry i will avoid oppinions on CC cleaner as is a sore spot with me
     
  13. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

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    Well at least it's not hearsay and innuendo.
     
  14. Lets_Fixit

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    I prefere going right to the sourse and deal with the problem .Rather than expecting a peace of doenloaded software to know my computer , and what should or should not be there. Why not learn about your computer , learn about how to maintain it properly rather than fill the harddrive with unnessary software.What may help one computer may damage another.It is only software it is not hans on.I teach people how to do searches and repairs with the tools within windows.
     
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    It appears you have signed up to TSG twice.
    Is there any reason for that?
     
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