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#1 NessaTel

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 08:44 PM

Apologize about not knowing how to use site.
Mike published a while back on how to remove
the index.dat file from Windows 98, and I lost
the instructions. Can you provide them again,
pls?

Read your FAQ, and tried search feature, and
Help file.

I have subscribed to the Spyware Newsletter
for some time, and have sent it to a few friends.
:)

#2 Archon_Wing

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 10:36 PM

You're in luck.

It's in the latest newsletter. http://www.spywarein...ves/0504/26.php

You'll need to boot into dos mode to deal with it.
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#3 NessaTel

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 11:22 PM

Did I understand the newsletter correctly, it
addressed removal for XP -- not Win98.

Pls advise.
Thank you for your kind help.
Since I am a newbie -- pls explain about DOS boot.

#4 morcheeba

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Posted 28 May 2004 - 02:54 PM

Hi,
I have used this, which works nicely.
http://www.spywarein...les/cleansweep/
http://www.spywarein...ds/cleanswp.zip

Edited by morcheeba, 28 May 2004 - 02:55 PM.


#5 Freebird

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Posted 28 May 2004 - 05:56 PM

Another couple of files where info resides in 98' are user.dat and system.dat, located in C:\WINDOWS. I am not sure if the registry is comprised of these 2 files or just another place where info is stored. WARNING - DO NOT DELETE these files as your system will cease to function and you will have to reinstall Windows.

I think there is a way of compacting the registry to remove all 'non-essential' information, but cannot remember it offhand, perhaps someone else can advise.
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#6 NessaTel

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Posted 30 May 2004 - 09:09 AM

Thanks for your kind help.
Read your posts and visited Xtech. Somehow hit Xtech Explore.
Not sure what it was or what it does.

Question: Does removal of history delete all the websites in
Favorite folder? (Only a true newbie would ask that!)

Please help.

#7 Freebird

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 08:05 AM

Question: Does removal of history delete all the websites in
Favorite folder?

The simple answer is: no. :D

The Favourites folder is simply a list of bookmarked, website URL's, that you go to.

The History folder is a list of all the sites you have visited and when you visited them, regardless of whether they are in your Favourites folder or whether you visited them by clicking on a link on a web page or typed them in. As the name suggests, it is a 'history' of your browsing habits over time.

Hope that helps.


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#8 Mike

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 10:45 PM

For 98, you can just reboot into MS-DOS and delete it from there. Then type win to get back into windows.
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Posted 31 May 2004 - 10:58 PM

For 98, you can just reboot into MS-DOS and delete it from there. Then type win to get back into windows.

Adding the following lines to autoexec.bat will delete the index.dat files as well:

del C:\WINDOWS\COOKIES\INDEX.DAT
del C:\WINDOWS\TEMPOR~1\CONTENT.IE5\INDEX.DAT
del C:\WINDOWS\HISTORY\HISTORY.IE5\INDEX.DAT


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Edited by VashonDude, 31 May 2004 - 11:07 PM.

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