index.dat eraser

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by fantumz, Feb 7, 2007.

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  1. fantumz

    fantumz Registered Member

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    I have been using a piece of software from synergeticsoft.com called Privacy Defender (not to be confused with the rogue software of the same name) to clean my index.dat files. It does so without rebooting the computer.

    I want to find another software that does the same thing but has either command line options or can be set to activate when the browser closes.
    I've tried many others that claim to clean the index.dat files without rebooting but they don't seem to do so.

    Any leads would be great. Thanks, E
     
  2. ThunderZ

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    Do not think that will be possible. The index.dats are (considered) in use as long as Windows is running. Nothing but Windows has access to it until reboot.
     
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    so authoritative.

    i thought the index.dat file could be cleared of personal data by overwriting it, but not deleted directly. in other words, no rebooting to clear personal info. there is a caveat. the index.dat file cannot be resized either. it can grow during use and be larger than the default (starting) size.

    the original poster should indicate which software is letting him down, how he knows this, etc. that would be of interest to all.
    :)
     
  5. ThunderZ

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    That is probably a more accurate statement. Actually the contents can be deleted\blanked\erased\over written with zeros, but the blank dat.file will remain. Any way you word it, it can not be done without a re-start.
     
  6. Genady Prishnikov

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    Unlocker claims to clean index.dat without a reboot:
    http://ccollomb.free.fr/unlocker/
    I've never tried it, but by unlocking the file from Windows it makes sense that you could delete it. Of course, it will be re-created upon reboot.
     
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    But it will be blank, which I think is what the OP is wanting in the end.
     
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    Yes, exactly.
     
  10. fantumz

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    I appreciate the help
     
  11. danieleb

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    Try PurgeIE or PurgeIE Pro: http://www.aandrc.com/purgeie/

    http://www.aandrc.com/purgeie/faq.htm#shrink
     
  12. true north

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    Hi,

    If you looking for a highly sophisticated privacy protection software then have a look here:
    www.r-wipe.com/

    Compare to other cleaning / deleting software, this app. wipes / erase /shred your deleted content right away.
    Fast and secure.

    true north
     
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