Deleting index.dat in XP

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by KevinD, Nov 3, 2003.

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  1. KevinD

    KevinD Guest


    Does anyone know how to delete index.dat files in WinXP?

    In ME I used to use the delindex batch file but I don't think it works in XP.


  2. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Aug 10, 2002
    New England
    There are tools to handle automating the deletion of index.dat files on XP such as Javacool's MRU Blaster (see this page), however, the key to doing it manually without any extra software is to log into a second user account...

    On my XP system, I run from a primary user account called "whatever". I can not, from that account, delete any of its index.dat files. But, I created a second user account called "cleaner" and I log on to that every week or so... From there I can simply use Windows Explorer to navigate into the c:\Documents...\" folders under the "whatever" account, and see and delete all the index.dat files I want.

    So, you can take a couple different approaches to handling this problem. :)
  3. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Security Expert

    Feb 9, 2002
    The Netherlands
    If you want to delete your History folder manually, you can simply log in as Administrator, and delete that Docs and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\History folder.

    That will force Windows to create a brand new one, including a spanking new index.dat file on reboot.

    As for the Temporary Internet Files folder, have a look here:

    How to safely delete the History and Temporary Internet Files folders
  4. rozwell

    rozwell Registered Member

    Nov 10, 2003
    I just open the file with notepad, delete everything and then save the file. It isn't elegant but, it works for me.
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