Index.dat – Gain control of your Privacy

What is Index.dat?

Ever wondered what would happen if all your browsing history, browsing data, date time stamp of the visit, which are stored in a local file gets compromised. You might feel secure after you have successfully cleared all your history data and content after a particular session, but the data is not erased completely. There is a log file maintained to keep a tab of all the internet searches along with date time stamp on it. This log file is named index.dat.

Index.dat controversy

We all know Microsoft is well known for privacy invasions and its cheap policy on collecting user data over the internet for its own personal benefits. This file theoretically violates the terms and conditions of the laws of Internet and has been critised over a long period of time. The data contained in these files is totally personal to the user and no company has the right to collect it any form for any purpose. But you cannot do anything as its already written in “I accept and Agree terms”, when you install a windows operating system.

Where are Index.dat files located?

Many people find it very irritating to keep this file and usually search for this file in their system and are unable to find it. Actually this file is situated in different paths in different versions of Windows. I have tried to provide exact location to every version below:

location index.dat

Windows Xp

  • <Your root drive>\\Documents and Settings\<~your computer user name>\Cookies\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\\Documents and Settings\<~yourcomputer user name>\Local Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\\Documents and Settings\<~your computer user name>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\\Documents and Settings\<~yourcomputer username>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHiXXXXXXXXXXX\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\\Documents and Settings\<~your computer user name>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHXXXXXXXXXXX\index.dat

Windows Vista

  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\low\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\Content.IE5\index.dat

Windows Seven

  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Cookies\Low\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UserData\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\Low\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UserData\Low\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\index.dat\MSHxxxxxxxxxx\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Users\<~your computer user name>\Local\Microsoft\Windows\History\History.IE5\Low\index.dat\MSHxxxxxxxxx\index.dat

Windows 2000

  • <Your root drive>\Documents and Settings\<~your computer user name>\Cookies\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Documents and Settings\<~your computer user name>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Documents and Settings\<~your computer user name>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\MSHistXXXXXXXXXXX\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Documents and Settings\<~your computer user name>\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\index.dat
  • <Your root drive>\Documents and Settings\<~your computer user name>\UserData\index.dat

Can index.dat file be manually deleted?

Deleting this file can lead to some major issues with Microsoft office, outlook and Internet explorer. First of all it is a locked system file which means that you cannot just simply select it and move it to the recycle bin. Even if you manage to do it this might create problems later on. You will need some tools and an in depth knowledge of the hexadecimal files before you start editing this file. Some times if the edited values lead to a corrupted file, your system might become unstable. Index.dat analyzer is a tool which is flooding the internet market and at the end you usually land on a page that asks for your credit card. To make it easy for you, we have provided the link to a shareware program that is free to use and download below.

Download Index.dat File Analyzer and Editor

Tool Name: Index.dat Analyzer v2.5

Download link: Click here

File version: Shareware

This index.dat file viewer and removal tool easily cleans the entire index.dat file and is a shareware. I have scanned and check for any malicious code inside it and it is clean. You can download it from the link provided and then you may proceed with the instructions provided in the help tab of the software. Remember to keep a back up before you start playing with this file as this might save you form any data loss (if any) occurring henceforth.

If you have any problems relating to this file, you can post your reply in the comment section. We would be glad to solve your issues and problems. Good Luck.