Index Dat Spy ignores Content.IE5

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Postby sgould » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:10 pm

When you say that "Index Dat Spy ignores Content.IE5", do you mean through the File, Open dialog? In which case that is essentially a standard Windows dialog that "hides" - or ignores - Content.IE5.

There are (at least) two other ways you can open the index.dat within Content.IE5:

1. In the File, Open dialog just type in the full path to the index.dat file; e.g.

c:\Documents and Settings\...\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat

2. Use the File, Find index.dat Files menu option. This is perhaps the easiest as it will search your hard disks for index.dat files. Just select the one(s) that you want to open - you can select more than one - then click OK. You don't even have to wait for the search to complete. :-)

As to your question about why Microsoft is so insistent on keeping them from you, there are all sorts of theories. But Index Dat Spy, as well as Private Eye, were developed to help expose the information that is being kept and hidden. Then let the end user decide what to keep and what to erase.

[Note: Private Eye exposes information in a less well known area of your computer, an area referred to somewhat ironically as "Protected Storage".]
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