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How do I view my index.dat files?
If you are in Windows, even with "Show hidden files and folders" enabled, index.dat files are not visible and cannot be found if you do a search for index.dat files. The reason that these files are so invisible is that they are not just hidden, they have been designated as "system" files. System files and folders are treated differently in DOS and Windows and are effectively cloaked from casual searches. They can be viewed using a Dos based programme such as StupenDos
How do I delete my index.dat files?
In order to delete these files you will need a Dos based programme such as StupenDos
StupenDos is available free from http://www.sharewarejunkies.com/8s3/stupendo.htm
However before deleting your index.dat files you must first clean up your hard driving by deleting All Cookies Your History Your temporary Internet files
If you delete your index.dat files before cleaning up your hard drive index.dat files will use information contained on your hard drive to re-write themselves (to their original state prior to deletion)
Having cleaned up your hard drive, then deleted your index.dat files you will need to reboot. Then you will then discover that your PC has written new (clean) index.dat files. These files will remain clean until you log on Internet, then they will again begin gathering information on your Internet activities.
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