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    File purpose (IE5)

    I have noticed a file "ie5bak.dat" on my drive. It has a current modified date. Is this one of those spy-type files or logs of my activity? Can I delete it to gain space on my cramped C dirve? Thanks.

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    Re: File purpose (IE5)

    What folder is this file in?

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    Re: File purpose (IE5)

    No, this should not be any thing evil.

    Microsoft describes it thusly:

    Possible Internet Explorer uninstall information files, their locations, and a general description of their purpose are listed below.

    Files in the Program FilesInternet Explorer folder:

    File name Description
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Ie5bak.dat Backed up core files replaced by Internet Explorer 5
    Ie5bak.ini List of items in the Ie5bak.dat file
    Ie4regun Backed up core registry entries modified by Internet Explorer 5
    _________________________

    Another source has this to say:

    Warning: The Setup folder contains important backup files that are necessary for reinstalling and uninstalling Internet Explorer. The following files are critical: *IE5bak.dat*, IE5bak.ini and, if Windows Desktop Update is installed, Integrated Browser.dat and Integrated Browser.ini. It is recommended that you not delete these files. If you need to free up more disk space, it is recommended that you delete other files in the folder.
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    Re: File purpose (IE5)

    OK! Thanks alot for your help and interest.

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