Dat files

  sinbad1 11:12 05 Mar 2005
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Just clearing out cookies and history and noticed a dat file,when i tried to open the file spysubtract came up with a warning with options to allow or block.
From what i gather these dat files created by microsft contain histories of sites visited etc.
Would like to know your veiws on dat files
1 do they pose a security risk
2 is it possible to remove the dat files without any ill effects.
3.is it possible to delete info inside these files since they must grow in size
xp home internet exp6
Regards R

  VoG II 11:14 05 Mar 2005

Use CleanUp! click here

  sinbad1 11:25 05 Mar 2005

thanks for your response VOG, not sure this would clean dat files as i think some of these so called dat files are hidden and difficult to find, how will i know if the contents of the dat files have been removed?

  VoG II 11:29 05 Mar 2005

If you run it, CleanUp! will delete a lot of temporary files then ask if you want to remove others on a reboot - these include the index.dat files.

Internet Explorer will recreate them though - there's nothing you can do about that.

  sinbad1 11:48 05 Mar 2005

thanks VoG i'll give it a go i assume cleanup will remove the contents of the index dat file on reboot ;but will accumulate again.
If i set history to 0days would that stop the build up of history?

  VoG II 11:50 05 Mar 2005

Yes, setting history days to 0 will empty your history files once a day.

  sinbad1 11:58 05 Mar 2005

thanks for your help VoG

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