Hidden information is stored on your computer about every url you ever visit

Written by Sue Edmondson

What is an index.dat?

An index.dat file is a hidden file that contains a record of every web site address you have ever visited and holds information on all your Internet activities, yes including emails sent and received through Outlook or Outlook Express One of these files can be located and viewed by Windows Explorer but none can be deleted using either Windows Explorer According to Microsoft these files are used to help speed uprepparttar loading of web pages in Internet Explorer. This doesn't appear to berepparttar 137466 case because when you deleterepparttar 137467 Temporary Internet Filesrepparttar 137468 "index.dat" files remain behind and continue to grow. If you delete or clearrepparttar 137469 Temporary Internet Files then there is no need to indexrepparttar 137470 URL cache becauserepparttar 137471 files no longer exist.

Where are my index.dat files located?

On Windows 95 and 98 computersrepparttar 137472 files are located inrepparttar 137473 following locations:

C:WINDOWSCookies C:WINDOWSHistoryHistory.IE5*.* C:WINDOWSTemporary Internet FilesContent.IE5*.*

In Windows 2000 and Windows XPrepparttar 137474 files are located inrepparttar 137475 following locations:

Documents and SettingsCookiesindex.dat Documents and SettingsLocal SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5index.dat Documents and SettingsLocal SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5 MSHist012001123120020101index.dat

Documents and SettingsLocal SettingsHistoryHistory.IE5 MSHist012002010720020114index.dat

Documents and SettingsLocal Internet FilesContent.IE5index.dat

3 Things You Must Know About Spyware

Written by Richard Martin

1)Spyware is on your system. Like it or not, statistically speaking, you probably have spyware on your machine right now. There are so many malicious programs floating around out there that one or two have bound to have gotten past all of your security settings. McAfee and Norton Anti Virus are both excellent programs, but even they can be beaten byrepparttar determined spyware makers and distributors. One recent computer repair man said, close to 80% ofrepparttar 137416 machines that he services have spyware on them. I believe it. Spyware can be sneaky and it can install quietly without your knowledge. Your system probably has spyware on it; make sure it doesn't corrupt your data files or worse.

2)Spyware attacks through certain programs. One program that seems to have been a magnet for spyware on my machine has been my browser (one that is distributed by a major computer comapany). Maybe I didn't update my security settings or maybe they were not strong enough but somehow, somewhere, my previous browser seems to have been vulnerable to spyware attacks. Switching to an open source browser (FireFox) was like night and day. Firefox hasn't seemed to let any spyware install itself so far. I switched about 6 months ago. If you haven't tried Firefox, you might consider downloading a trial copy.

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