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?