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How to Securely Erase Private Data


How to Set Up and Use Eraser

CAUTION: Reading the following instructions carelessly could cause you to disable your system and / or lose data you want to keep. So be sure to read them carefully.

Set Up Eraser

Index.dat Files

Previous: Index.dat Files - Part 1

Other Ways to Erase Index.dat Files
Cookies and TIFs with Scheduler

One way to securely erase all the locked index.dat files in the user account you're logged into is to click on Scheduler in Eraser and create tasks to set Eraser to securely erase them on reboot, or restart. (their locations are listed below)

If you have administrative access:

  1. Follow the instructions in the To Create Erasing Tasks section.
  2. Click on Scheduler and create tasks for the folders listed in the Document and Browser History section or, if you prefer, the cookie and TIF index.dat files listed below and other index.dat files (remember to select File instead of Files on folder).
  3. For each task, select the Schedule tab in Task Properties, and select Reboot (the last option on the list).

Windows Vista - Before or Without Moving Your Temporary Internet Files Folder skip

(replace UN with your user name)

In C:\Users\UN\Local Settings
In C:\Users\UN\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows

Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5\index.dat

Temporary Internet Files\Virtualized

Windows XP - Before or Without Moving Your Temporary Internet Files Folder skip

(replace UN with your user name)

In C:\Documents and Settings\UN:
Local Settings\History\History.IE5\Index.dat
Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHist01...\Index.dat
Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\Index.dat

After Moving Your Temporary Internet Files Folder

If you've chosen to create tasks for the index.dat files instead of their folders: After erasing the Temporary Internet Files (TIF)'s main index.dat file in its default location, change its location in the TIF task in Eraser to its new location. For example:

D:\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\Index.dat

Or if you've created more than one account and a new folder for each account:

D:\NAME\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\Index.dat

(Replace D with the drive letter you'ved moved the folder to, if different, and NAME with the name you've chosen for the new folder.)

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