Eraser and index.dat files

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  1. Weber

    Weber Registered Member

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    Hi, does anyone know how to make Eraser delete the index.dat files?
     
  2. rerun2

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    Hi,

    Do you mean this Eraser? http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/default.php

    It does support erasing of index.dat as you can see in their feature list http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/features.php

    The index.dat file can not be deleted manually though, and if it does it will be recreated the next time you reboot. Most programs clear it or overwrite the files with blank characters. Index.dat files however are littered through out a number of various different hidden folders in windows. One is in cookies, another in cache, another in history, etc etc. It will vary but you can have as many as 10-40 index.dat files. That is why I would probably not recommend this particular program for clearing index.dat, as you have to use an explorer type interface to browse to the exact location of each file you want cleaned. And because some are hidden it makes it particularly difficult. It is still possible though, but what you would have to do is use the "scheduler" and not the "on demand" eraser. Create a "new task" and select the "file" radio button. Browse over to the index.dat file you want cleared and click ok. Then right click on the task and select "properties" and then the "schedule" tab and set it for "reboot". Some other freeware alternatives are spider http://www.fsm.nl/ward/ and SSS http://www.igorshpak.net/.

    If this is not the program you are speaking of, maybe you could provide a link? Or try one of the other alternatives I have mentioned.
     
  3. Weber

    Weber Registered Member

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    You are right. is this Eraser that i am talking about.

    I scheduled the tasks and later i'll try to run it
     
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