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Getting rid of Internet History/Index.dat files?


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Brewmaster

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Hey all,

My PC (XP) is about 5 years old, and I just learned about this index.dat file that I would assume just grows and grows everyday and will eventually slow down my comp. I assumed that once you delete your cache/internet history/cookies etc through tools/internet options that this stuff is gone, but I am obviously wrong, as every url etc visited ever is still stored in this file.

I want to SAFELY clean out all history of visited websites, downloads, cookies etc, to permanently clear up some space from this file. I don't want to mess around with the registry as I am a little computer illiterate, and don't want to delete any important items or System Restore Points.

Can anyone recommend any free program that is safe and what exact configurations to use when running the program? Any other caveats when using the suggested program?

Thanks!
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Rorschach112

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Try this, should solve all your problems.


Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune.
This program is for XP and Windows 2000 onlyDouble-click ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.
Under Main choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
If you use Firefox browserClick Firefox at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
If you use Opera browserClick Opera at the top and choose: Select All
Click the Empty Selected button.
NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.
Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
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Great thank you! This removes all traces of old visited websites/cookies/other junk permanently from the index.dat file?
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CCleaner

Don't install any Toolbars, or other programs, should it ask
you...Just uncheck the option of installing the Yahoo toolbar....if
you get the slim version it does not have the toolbar
thats the one I recommend...

It will put a shortcut on your Desktop.

Before first use...
Select Options then Advanced.
UNCHECK "Only delete files in Windows Temp folder older than 48 hours"

Click on CCleaner Icon to start it. Then click "Run Cleaner"


It combines a system cleaner that removes unused and temporary files from your system and also a fully featured registry cleaner!
CCleaner allows Windows to run faster, more efficiently and gives you more hard disk space.
The best part is that it's Small, Fast and Free!
Cleans the following Windows components:

* Internet Explorer
- Temporary File Cache
- URL History
- Cookies
- Hidden Index.dat files
- Last download file location
* Firefox
- Temporary File Cache
- URL History
- Cookies
- Download manager
* Recycle Bin
* Clipboard
* Windows Temporary files
* Windows Log files
* Recent Documents (on the Start Menu)
* Run history (on the Start Menu)
* Windows XP Search Assistant history
* Windows XP old Prefetch data
* Windows memory dumps after crashes
* Chkdsk file fragments

Edited by happyrck, 16 January 2008 - 11:43 AM.

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Rorschach112

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I think it does, but I'm not 100% sure

CCleaner will for sure, both are excellent programs.
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