Can you send me free step-by-step instructions on how to erase the video cookies index and erase other temp files located in indexes? I have Microsoft XP Home Edition. If we can’t easily erase these, let me know what to do. Please be very specific or I can’t follow.
Windows uses a variety of files to keep track of each user's history. These files are known as "index.dat" files. What makes these files particularly troublesome is that they contain a complete record of every single Web site that you have ever visited - even if you have cleaned your history and temporary Internet files!
It is possible to delete index.dat files, but it is tricky. These files are considered system files and are hidden. Even when enabling the "show hidden files" option, the index.dat files do not always show up. A better way is to use a program designed specifically for protecting your privacy which I'll discuss shortly. In the meantime, if you want to try to find and delete the index.dat files manually, here are some of the more common places to look.
First, go into Folder Options by right-clicking the Start button, choosing Explore, clicking on Tools, and clicking on Folder Options. Click the View tab and enable "Show hidden files and folders."
Common Storage Locations for Index.dat Files in Windows XP
- \Documents and Settings\<Username>\Cookies\index.dat
- \Documents and Settings\<Username>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHist012001123120020101\index.dat
- \Documents and Settings\<Username>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat
- \Documents and Settings\<Username>\Local Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
- \Documents and Settings\<Username>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHist012002010720020114\index.dat
Common Storage Locations for Index.dat Files in Windows Vista
- \Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
Privacy Controls Software
If you can find and delete the index.dat files, this is a good start. However, there are many possible locations where index.dat files appear and they don't generally appear when performing a specific search because Windows considers them system files. If you are concerned about your privacy, using Privacy Controls software is a much better choice. This is a reputable product from ParetoLogic software that provides you with the privacy protection you are seeking. A free scan allows you to try the software out before you buy it - and it is quite revealing. You may be surprised at what your computer stores about your usage, even beyond Internet surfing.