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    Cookies .dat file

    Hi folks,

    I was wondering -- is it possible to view the contents of the index.dat file that must remain in the Cookies folder? I'm just curious what lurks in there, as the size of the file seems to be able to change.

    Thanks.

    Charlie T.

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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    Hi Charlie

    Yep you can.
    What you need is a file viewer such as FmView which you can get here.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    Thank you, Ken.

    Well, for anyone who didn't know before, apparently your index.dat file within the Cookies folder stores all the information that individual text cookie files place in your system, even after the .txt files are deleted.

    Seems to me it would be handy to have a clean copy of index.dat, so that you can replace the sullied one periodically.

    CT

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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    This little <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> app called Spider is available here. This allows you to periodically delete index.dat & cookie.dat files other apps cannot. Windows will automatically create new fresh ones.

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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    Hi Bruce,
    I've used Spider for years and it worked beautifully in Win98. However, since installing Win ME, it claims to have cleaned up, but upon reboot, everything is still there in TIF and Cookies.
    Any ideas?

    Cheers

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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    Hi, Rob ~

    My experience with Spider has only been with XP and thus far a good one. Have you tried both currently available versions? The author does not publish any issues with any OSs. Although I don't know, my first inkling would be to suspect ME, but then I am only basing that on the bad experiences I've had with that particular OS.

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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    Thanks Bruce. I'll give them both a shot.

    Cheers

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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    Hi Rob
    I also use Spider, but have just been pointed at another freeware application called RegSeeker, which you can find here. It has a quite a nice user interface, and supports more activities than just cleaning index.dat, for example clearing MRU lists.
    However, it is a bit short of help (English understatement).
    Running the utility using the 'Clean the Registry' action tells me that there are 295 things which could, could mark you, be removed. But I don't understand these things. It tells me (in red) that filetype .xxx is not used. And this means . . .waht? I can/cannot/should/should not delete this item?
    Apparently I have (in green this time) obsolete entries. And this means . . ?
    Given that there are several million ways (apparently) to <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> up my PC by messing with the registry, can you or any other lounger reading this, point me at a Noddy's Guide to the Registry or somesuch which might help me to understand which things can be deleted and which things should be left alone?
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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    Hi Silverback,
    I, too, share your concerns WRT registry tweaking. I use Norton Utilities 2002 and let that software decide which entries are invalid and safe to remove. Eventually, I will set aside some time to familiarise myself with the finer points, but as a starter, you may wish to take a look at:

    http://www.pcquest.com/content/windows/100040128.asp

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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    Try System Mechanic by Iolo Software. Great utility and it's registry cleaner section is SAFE to use ! It's at http://www.iolo.com I trust it so much that I don't even give it's suggested registry deletions more than a cursory glance before I hit the delete button. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/icon_spyed.gif> Silverback ~

    If you are using Spider and want to clear your MRU, there is no simpler app than <font color=blue>MRU Blaster</font color=blue> and rounds out <font color=blue>Spider v1.16</font color=blue> nicely and requires no second guessing on your part.

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    Re: Cookies .dat file

    Thanks to Rob, Bob and Bruce for your help.
    I've read the suggested article and also found more informative articles about the registry through a Google search.
    I've installed MRU Blaster and it's doing the biz.
    I have Free Surfer installed as well, and this has a Washboard plug in which allows cleaning of various caches, so I'm not going to install iolo just yet, but I greatly appreciate the reference and the (enthusiastic) product endorsement. I'll see how I get on, and may install in the future.
    Thanks again, loungers.
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