Cleaning Out the Internet Stables!

  charlie whisky 20:12 09 Mar 2004

Hi Folks from Charlie Whisky
Not been on for quite a while - feel like a stranger!

Have just installed the "Complete Internet Cleanup Lite 2.11" program from the Spring 2004 edition of the hallowed mag, very impressive and as quick as lightning, BUT it will not apparently clear out the index.dat from the Windows\Cookies folder - this is probably the main file that needs cleaning out for full security?

Have tried a direct Delete but an error message appears to the fact that it is "protected or in use" - trying to read the contents with Wordpad/Notepad elicits the same "... in use by Windows ..." message.
Booted up into DOS (shame) and crudely deleted it in the old fashioned way, a quick "dir" showed that it had gone.
Rebooted into Windows 98SE and lo and behold the dreaded index.dat file had reappeared.

Have any of the splendid gurus of the forum any ideas, or doesn't it really matter?

  VoG II 20:14 09 Mar 2004

CleanUp! click here

Deletes Index.dat after rebooting.

It'll come back again though!

  Jester2K 20:41 09 Mar 2004

EditPad - click here can be used to manually clean the index.dat file.

I use Supercleaner click here - costs, but it's good.

  cycoze 21:12 09 Mar 2004

When index.dat is deleted it will return(its supposed to and you need it ) after re-starting .

  sattman 22:31 09 Mar 2004

If deleted it is recreated at the next boot up, However when recreated it is empty and then gradually collects reference data again.
click here

  charlie whisky 20:51 10 Mar 2004

Amazing as always - full satisfaction once again.

Thanks to all who replied to solve this problem.
Suggested downloads have just been done and will be evaluated p.d.q!

I think "sattman" puts his finger on what happens, although the *.dat file reappears, it does so WITHOUT the previous information.

May the Force always be with you all!

Charlie Whisky

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