Where to clean temporary Internet files on Windows 7/Vista

Temporary Internet Files


Location of temp internet files

On Windows 7 or Windows Vista
C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\
C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\

On Windows XP or Windows 2000
C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\

On Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT or Windows 95
C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\
C:\Windows\Profiles\\Temporary Internet Files\

Delete index.dat files

What are the Index.dat files?

The Index.dat files are used by Internet Explorer and Windows to store history, Internet cache, cookies, UserData records and other information about your PC activities. If the information is too big to fit in the index.dat files themselves, it is placed in external files and the index.dat file serves as index or table of contents, which helps the Internet Explorer to find the full information.

Although some of their functions are useful, they are dangerous privacy threat - any person with even little knowledge about index.dat files locations and structure can see history of almost all of your computer activities. Index.dat files are not the only privacy threat but they are the most obscure and dangerous one because they are hard to find and even harder to delete. In fact, in most cases it is impossible to delete Index.dat files manually because Windows keeps them open all the time.

Where are Index.dat files located?

On Windows XP or Windows 2000
C:\Documents and Settings\\Cookies\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHistXXXXXXXXXXX\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\\UserData\index.dat

On Windows 7 or Windows Vista
C:\Users\\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
C:\Users\\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5index.dat
C:\Users\\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UserData\index.dat
C:\Users\\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UserData\Low\index.dat

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