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Clearing browsing history W7

By BadDog101
Mar 12, 2016
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  1. Since index.dat files have been replaced with container.dat files there is not much
    information on how to clear these. Old index.dat files are replaced by an ESE database (WebCacheV01.dat or WebCacheV24.dat). I use a program called PrivaZer but not
    really known if this does the job like index,dat analyzer did. To really clear I booted
    to W7 Safe Mode Command Prompt, typed attrib -r -a -s -h index.dat /s and then
    del index.dat /s and all was cleared.
    I confess being brand new here and haven't really found how to search in here yet.
    If someone has any links or info it would be greatly appreciated.
    Simply deleting all webcache seems to work but it can't be that easy.
    M$ is just getting more and more sneaky especially with all info it wants in W10
    I installed W10 Free but manually unticked all boxes leading to release of information.
    Then I went back to W7. I'll go back when the next newest release is out.
    Thanks.:cool:
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,601   +335

    What browser(s) are you using?
     
  3. BadDog101

    BadDog101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Firefox/DuckDuckGo mainly.
    I never had any probs with index.dat. My programs would clear IE, FF and
    all other browsers. W10 changed to container.dat and either an update or
    my experimenting loading W10 and back to W7 caused this. Think it was
    an update. I have nothing to hide but just run a tight ship.
    There was talk about a program "WebCacheV01.dat Viewer & Deleter"
    to come out but it never did.
    1. Cookies, visited websites, DOM Storages are indexed in WebCacheV01.dat
    2. Not only IE uses WebCacheV01.dat, Windows apps may use it too to store cookies and DOM Storages
    3. WebCacheV01.dat is locked by taskhost.exe, making it hard to delete
    4. WebCacheV01.dat is only released after user logoff
    Thanks for the get back. :cool:
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,601   +335

  5. BadDog101

    BadDog101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    That would not clear all index.dat files as it had to be done outside W7 in cmd prompt
    and have the attributes changed. I feel pretty sure M$ wouldn't make it any easier
    with Webcache and container.dat files.
    Of course clearing, as I stated above, the .dat files are immediately recreated
    but are empty until you resume browsing.
    These are learning experiences I love to delve into.
    The Delete Browsing history option does not delete this cache of information.
    Thanks.
     
  6. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,601   +335

    Did you try ccleaner as Ilinked too ?
     
  7. BadDog101

    BadDog101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    CCleaner only does index.dat files. I'm sure new versions of clearing browsing history programs
    will be out shortly that will include webcache and container.dat files. In the meantime I think I am
    manually clearing all history files but just haven't had the inclination to read what's left in them.
    BrowsingHistoryView does not bring me solutions.
    This is all something most people would not even think about but being an older computer/network
    engineer I still like to dabble in new stuff just for my own satisfaction.
    Thanks for the help.

    Consider this thread CLOSED,
     
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,601   +335

    DuckDuckgo is a search engine, not a browser.
     
  9. BadDog101

    BadDog101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I know that but just expanding on my use. DDG does not track you usage.
    WebCacheV01.dat can be deleted in Windows and will recreate when reboot
    and show 32KB or a normal empty.
    Also PrivaZer v2.47.0 will clear all webcache.
    1- Select "Index.dat & WebCache" in the scan list
    2- Click on "Options"
    3- Click on "Remove all" (unchecked by default)

    Deleting WebCache will delete references to visited websites, cookies, DOMStores, etc. for IE10, IE11 and apps.
    I'm a happy camper. Hope this may help others. :cool:
     
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,601   +335

    No offense intended, but sounds like a case of
    Paranoia
    to me.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2016
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,333   +622

    It's been interesting to observe all this BUT, on a Win/7 Pro SP2 system and as a long time Mozilla/FF user currently on v45.0,
    Searching all the variations of %profile%\AppData\{local,LocalLow,Roaming} I don't find any of the files discussed above AND
    the cache is in Local\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\%profName%\cache2\entries.

    Post#4 by learninmypc IS correct and effective, except for LSO cookies and you need the add-on to control those.

    For more fun, Google Chrome data is located at
    AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\default\cache in files w/o any extensions.
     
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  12. BadDog101

    BadDog101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

     
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,601   +335

    Did you read post #10 ?
     
  14. BadDog101

    BadDog101 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    @ learninmypc
    No offense intended, but sounds like a case of paranoi (the word is paranoid) to me.

    I don't care what it sounds like to you. If you can't help just stay out.
    Don't need any other help. Thank you. :cool:
     
  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,601   +335

    As I figured, you took it totally incorrect. If you didn't need help, why ask? As far as the word goes, its spelling depends on how its used. Have a lovely day :) :)
     
  16. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,333   +622

    FORGET THIS STUFF. There's lot's of valid reasons to clear the browser so learn / help to do that and WHY just doesn't matter!
     
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