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How to clear index.dat files


Index.dat files are used to store Internet history, Temporary Internet Files, cookies and other information about your Internet activity. But their content is not deleted even if you clear browser history, Temporary Internet Files and cookies. Some of index.dat files can't be deleted manually as they are system files.

History index.dat stores visited urls to use them later for AutoComplete.
Cache index.dat file contains urls with date and time stamps and pointers to cache files.
To associates web pages with stored cookies, cookies index.dat file contains urls with date and time stamps and pointers to cookie files.
Using Clear All History you can easily clear history, Temporary Internet Files and cookies index.dat files or delete them at Windows startup. Some of index.dat files, such as IECompatCache index.dat, PrivacIE index.dat and IEDownloadHistory index.dat, are not locked and they can be deleted any time.

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Where are index.dat files located?

For Windows 7:
Note: on your computer Windows may be installed on another drive and/or in another directory.

C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\Low\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\IECompatCache\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\IECompatCache\Low\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\IEDownloadHistory\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\IETldCache\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\IETldCache\Low\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\PrivacIE\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\PrivacIE\Low\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UserData\index.dat
C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UserData\Low\index.dat

For Windows XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Cookies\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHist[digits]\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat

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