How do I read the index.dat file

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by 12355, May 30, 2002.

  1. 12355

    12355 Guest

    I'm new at this stuff but I know that when I had 98 I could view the index.dat file through the program spider. I tried doing that on my new computer which has XP but it doesn't show anything. I've tried going into DOS and have found the files but haven't had any luck reading them. Can someone give me specific instructions on how to read the index.dat file for XP?

    thanks
     
  2. DoubleClick

    DoubleClick Guest

    You can use notepad to open it. Or any other text editor.
     
  3. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    You won't be able to view index.dat files for a couple of reasons.

    1.) it is encrypted
    2.) if it is in use, Windows won't allow you to open it.
     
  4. DoubleClick

    DoubleClick Guest

    I can open index.dat files on my computer.....never had a problem. I can read my visited urls in the index.dat file of IE.
     
  5. madmatt

    madmatt Bow Down to the King Political User

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    Here is part of the index.dat file located in c:\Documents and Settings\matt\Cookies\

    汃敩瑮唠汲慃档⁥䵍⁆敖⁲⸵2쀀 䀀 Ā , € 怀

    As I stated, encrypted. This forum's font makes it appear as Chinese characters.
     
  6. DoubleClick

    DoubleClick Guest

    But if you scroll down further you will see urls to the site you have visited. Look:

    € ÷ ` h þ „   º,çž º,çž
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    ð­ LEAK  ´à\zÚÁpÖ2|- ‚.”™   f ` h þ Œ  ´,Ä” †,¸¸ Cookie:Double xp@www.xp-erience.org/ Double xp@www.xp-erience[1].txt URL  0&ñ¥Â0&ñ¥ÂŸ=
     
  7. madmatt

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    I might have that if I allowed cookies from sites other than this one, and two others =)
     
  8. insaNity

    insaNity Guest

    what is this program "spider."?