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› Erase Internet History
› erase browsing history
› erase search history
› erase form AutoComplete
› erase Address bar history
› erase download history
› erase Temporary Internet Files (cache)
› delete saved passwords
› erase cookies
› erase index.dat files

› Erase Windows history
› erase Recent Documents and Items
› erase Clipboard
› erase Windows Temporary Files
› erase Page file (swap file)
› erase Recently run programs list
› erase Windows Search history
› erase 'Start Menu' open programs history
› erase Recent open/save files list
› empty Recycle Bin

› Other features
› erase Most Recently Used list in MS Office
› erase Windows Media Player history
› erase Toolbar search history
› erase Google Desktop history
› erase Skype chat and call history
› Shredder option
› Advanced scheduler
› Invisible mode
› Supports different browsers

Clear All History supports Internet Explorer, MSN Explorer, AOL Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, Mozilla, Netscape and Maxthon.


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What is index.dat file?
Why should I erase index.dat files (history files) content?
How can I erase index.dat files content?
Where can I find index.dat files? Where are index.dat files located ?
Why can't I find index.dat files? What do I do to view index.dat files?
What is history index.dat file (Internet history file)?
What is cache index.dat file?
What is cookies index.dat file?
How can I remove index.dat files manually?

What is index.dat file?

Internet history is more than just a list of visited web sites. Computer stores multiple records of your Internet history that can't be easily deleted. There are three index.dat files used by Internet Explorer - history index.dat file, cookies index.dat file, cache index.dat file. Index.dat files are used by Internet Explorer to store Internet history, cache, cookies and other information about your Internet activity.
Although index.dat files are useful, they can compromise your privacy as any person who has some knowledge about index.dat files and has access to your computer can see the history of your Internet activities. Index.dat files are system files and they can't be deleted manually as they are used by Windows all the time (index.dat files are locked by Windows). Their content is not deleted even if you erase browser history, cache and cookies. So to erase index.dat file content you need special software.
Using Clear All History you can easily erase the content of index.dat file, cookies index.dat file, cache index.dat file. ClearAlHIstory (index.dat eraser) doesn't have any special feature for erasing index.dat files content - all erase options for Internet Explorer ("erase browser history", "erase cache", "erase cookies") are combined with erasing of the corresponding index.dat file. Using Clear All History scheduler you can set the program to erase index.dat files content automatically on program start/exit.

Why should I erase index.dat files (history files) content?

There are three index.dat files used by Internet Explorer (history index.dat file, cookies index.dat file, cache index.dat file). Index.dat files are used by Internet Explorer to store Internet history, cache, cookies and other information about your Internet activity. Although index.dat files are useful, they can compromise your privacy as any person who has some knowledge about index.dat files and has access to your computer can see the history of your Internet activities. Index.dat files are system files and they can't be deleted manually as they are used by Windows all the time (index.dat files are locked by Windows). Their content is not deleted even if you erase browser history, cache and cookies.
Index.dat files can grow large and thus slow down the computer.

How can I erase index.dat files content?

Index.dat files are system files that can't be deleted manually because Windows locks them. Index.dat files content is not deleted even if you delete browser history, cache and cookies. So to delete index.dat file content you need special software. ClearAllHistory lets you easily erase index.dat file content. There is no special feature in ClearAllHistory for erasing index.dat file. Erasing index.dat file content is included in "Clear browser history" feature for Internet Explorer. Using Clear All History (index.dat eraser) you can easily erase the content of index.dat file, cookies index.dat file, cache index.dat file. ClearAlHIstory doesn't have any special feature for erasing index.dat files content - all erase options for Internet Explorer ("erase browser history", "erase cache", "erase cookies") are combined with erasing of the corresponding index.dat file. Using Clear All History scheduler you can set the program to erase index.dat files content automatically on program start/exit.

Where can I find index.dat files? Where are index.dat files located ?

There are three index.dat files used by Internet Explorer (history index.dat file, cookies index.dat file, cache index.dat file). Location of index.dat files depends on the version of Windows.
Note: Index.dat files are hidden by default. To make index.dat files visible, you should enable Explorer to view hidden and system files.
Index.dat files location - Windows 95/98/Me:
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\Cookies\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\History\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\History\MSHist[digits]\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\History\History.IE5\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\History\History.IE5\MSHist[digits]\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\UserData\index.dat
If you don't have Profiles directory:
C:\Windows\Cookies\index.dat
C:\Windows\History\index.dat
C:\Windows\History\MSHist[digits]\index.dat
C:\Windows\History\History.IE5\index.dat
C:\Windows\History\History.IE5\MSHist[digits]\index.dat
C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
C:\Windows\UserData\index.dat
Note: on your computer Windows may be installed on another drive, in another directory.

Index.dat files location - Windows 2000/XP:
\Documents and Settings\[username]\Cookies\index.dat
\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat
\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHist[digits]\index.dat \Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat

Why can't I find index.dat files? What do I do to view index.dat files?

Index.dat files are hidden by default. To make index.dat files visible, you should enable Explorer to view hidden and system files:
1. Select Start -> Settings -> Control panel.
2. Select Folder Options.
3. In the "Folder Options" window open "View" folder.
4. In Advanced Settings open "Files and Folders" and
Select "Display the content of system folders"
Open "Hidden files and folders" and select "Show hidden files and folders"
5. Click OK

What is history index.dat file (Internet history file)?

History index.dat includes URL entries used for AutoComplete and for controlling the highlighting of imbedded links on web pages. Every time you visit a web page, Internet Explorer inserts an entry in the history index.dat file
History index.dat file location - Windows 95/98/Me:
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\History\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\History\MSHist[digits]\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\History\History.IE5\index.dat
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\History\History.IE5\MSHist[digits]\index.dat
If you don't have Profiles directory:
C:\Windows\History\index.dat
C:\Windows\History\MSHist[digits]\index.dat
C:\Windows\History\History.IE5\index.dat
C:\Windows\History\History.IE5\MSHist[digits]\index.dat
Note: on your computer Windows may be installed on another drive, in another directory.

History index.dat files location - Windows 2000/XP:
\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat
\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHist[digits]\index.dat

What is cache index.dat file?

Cache index.dat file contains URLs with date/time stamps and pointers to cache files.
The location of cache index.dat file - Windows 95/98/Me:
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
If you don't have Profiles directory:
C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
Note: on your computer Windows may be installed on another drive, in another directory.
Index.dat files location - Windows 2000/XP:
\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat

What is cookies index.dat file?

Cookies index.dat file contains URLs with date/time stamps and pointers to cookie files. Every time a web site places a cookie on your PC, Internet Explorer inserts an entry in the cookies index.dat file that associates a web page with a cookie file.
Cookies index.dat file location - Windows 95/98/Me:
C:\Windows\Profiles\[username]\Cookies\index.dat
If you don't have Profiles directory:
C:\Windows\Cookies\index.dat
Note: on your computer Windows may be installed on another drive, in another directory.
Cookies index.dat files location - Windows 2000/XP:
\Documents and Settings\[username]\Cookies\index.dat

How can I remove index.dat files manually?

Fow Windows NT/2000/XP/2003:
As index.dat file is used by Windows all time, to remove index.dat file manually, you should log in by another user with administrator privileges. If you don't have another account with administrator privileges, create a new one.
To create a new account:
1. Select Start -> Settings -> Control panel.
2. Select User Accounts.
3. Select "Create a new account" and enter necessary information.

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