index.DAT extension file?

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  1. Carolie Pick

    Carolie Pick Registered Member

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    I have been going round and round with this dang file. I can not find out where it came from or who is using it, (keeps telling me it is being used) cant open it, cant delete it, every corner leads me to buying some "fix" for it that does not work.

    When I first noticed some unexplanable problems on my lap top, I found this in my cookies and could not delete so I restored to another date and it was gone. My computer was back to normal.

    Then it came back, this process of restore worked for a while, but no longer. My problems became worse, could no longer restore at all, finally I had to use my recovery disk. It was gone for about three days and was back. I am not sure if it is from a game room or if my son picked it up in a chat room or what. Now when I use my recovery disk (which wipes my hard drive) it still comes back, can it attach to my recovery disk?

    How do I get rid of this "index.DAT file, Please help if you can.

    Carolie
     
  2. ThunderZ

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    In your case the index dat file is a part of\generated by Windows. It is a running record so to speak of sites you visit\cookies collected. The contents can be erased, but it can not deleted, especially when Windows is running since it is locked by the OS. There are cleaning\privacy tools that will erase its`contents on restart of your PC. It is safe and quit harmless, not part of ant virus or malware.
     
  3. Carolie Pick

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    Thank you for the response ThunderZ. Do you know then why my computer wont run system restore with it in my cookies? I thought this was causing it. Also puter is very slow and just runs bad. I purchased Regcure because supposedly there is a problem with my registry but this does not cure anything. Now Microsoft wants me to purchase something that is suppose to fix ito_O

    Carolie
     
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    Thank you Ronjor. Being sure the PC is clean of any malware would seem to be the next logical step.

    @ Carolie Pick. Just what is it MS would like you to purchase?
    The index dat file, or should I say it`s apperance\your discovery of it, IMO, is purely coincidental and I assure you has nothing to do with your situation. Use the link provided by Ronjor. My guess is it will go a long way in solving your problems. Good luck and let us know how things turn out.
     
  6. Longboard

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    hello Carolie
    ThunderZ has spoken true.
    Ronjor has given a good suggestion

    Out of interest; Google Regcure if you haven't already
    From Paretologic that dev'd XSoftSpy which was a bit on the nose previously..

    Apart from the fact that registry cleaners are fraught with risks, RegCure has a few panties in a twist here:
    http://forums.techguy.org/windows-95-98-me/469582-regcure.html
    http://forums.techguy.org/windows-95-98-me/472631-solved-regcure.html

    Search here @wilders and you will find many threads discussing regcleaners.

    Will you let us know what you do and the results please.
     
  7. OldMX

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    CCleaner deletes that file on restart when selected, if you concerned about its content, use firefox instead :D
     
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    I agree with you OldMX! Use CCleaner to delete it. If you want a software that does not require installation, delete it using Regseeker. If you want to view the file's contents, just google ".dat file reader/viewer".
     
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