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roadagent

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I have searched far & wide for a method that truly deletes IE Index.dat files. I have tried CCleaner, IE Privacy Keeper, Index.dat Suite, Clean Cache 3.0, Privacy Mantra, as well as: Boot to Safe mode with command prompt, type CD \ followed by del index.dat /s, followed by shutdown -r. All to no avail.

Most of these utilities do indeed to something to the Index.dat files because when I check the creation date/time, it is just after the restart sequence. However, the file size remains unchanged from the size before running any of these utilities? I've read that when reset, the files sizes should be:

The size of a clean Cookies index.dat file is 16 KB.
The size of a clean History index.dat file is also 16 KB.
When clean the size of Temporary Internet Files (Cache) index.dat file is 32 KB.


I'm not sure if those file sizes are correct or not, but if I check my cookies index.dat file using, say IdatScan, it definitely contains alot of IE tracks. Perhaps I am missing a procedure as I have seen CCleaner recommended many times on this site as a tool to delete it with no complaints but it doesn't seem to work on my system. I am using XP pro sp2, IE6.0. Any ideas as to where I am going wrong here...

Many Thanks for your Assistance
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Well, a little further research & testing provided the following 2 utilities that really do the job:

SmartProtectorPro (15 days free trial) & CleanUp from Purple Parrot Programs (30 days free trial)

I'd still be interested to understand why I couldn't get the other utilities to do the same thing...
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This won't overwrite it but it does delete it. Milly's WinClean
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