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    Question Index.dat

    I've been doing a search with Google on the subject of removing Index.dat files. Several websites want you to install a program that will accomplish that task.

    I did a Agent Ransack search of my computer and it found 48 files / 22.70 MB. Some of the heavier ones are: 3,568 kb; 2,032 kb; and 6,576 kb (this is just 3 of the 48 found). I would like some information on deleting those files, such as can I delete them safely?

    During my research on the subject I found that Index.dat files are files hidden on your computer that contain all of the Web sites you've ever visited. If you use Outlook or Outlook Express, those files are in there also.

    Any help will be appreciated,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duchess843 View Post
    I've been doing a search with Google on the subject of removing Index.dat files. I would like some information on deleting those files, such as can I delete them safely?


    Any help will be appreciated,
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    Though I don't normally recommend cleaners, as JPF indicates, careful use in this case should remove the Internet Explorer index.dat files.

    However, for info, generally one should be circumspect with removing files of that name. The .dat extension is very common. It is often used by programmers for files that contain machine data (ie data that is not in human readable form). The filename index, can be used in pretty much any program that processes information. So one might encounter index.dat files generated by a 3rd party add-on tool to MS Office, or by a Photo grabbing and processing tool, or a tool that runs automated backups - the list is almost endless.

    One should therefore be careful in removing such files that may be providing a desired function. CCleaner and other cleaners would normally leave those required data files alone, so you should be safe: but be make sure you take a backup first.
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    Privacy Mantra will also remove the index.dat file, but it must be proceeded with a system reboot.
    CCleaner will make the index.dat file unreadable, but it will retain it's filesize. It will not require a system reboot.

    Both CCleaner and Privacy Mantra are safe to use when it comes to removing the index.dat files in relation to Internet Explorer.
    There will be consequences for removing the index.dat files
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    I run Ccleaner every day and clean index.dat files in Internet Explorer and never had a problem...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Banyarola View Post
    I run Ccleaner every day and clean index.dat files in Internet Explorer and never had a problem...
    Thank you, one and all for your help but I've decided to leave them alone. I think I have enough programs installed. I thought I could delete them manually, since that doesn't seem possible, keeping my hands off them seems the best solution.
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    It hasn't been mentioned but I image every evening so if a problem would occur at least I could restore an image..

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