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Windows 7: IE10 uses WebcacheV01.dat vs index.dat files. How to clear/delete?

17 Nov 2013   #21
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

IE10 uses WebcacheV01.dat vs index.dat files. How to clear/delete?-pz.png




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17 Nov 2013   #22
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Thanks,

My apologies for being a little dense here, I just got up and haven't scratched my brain yet.
So what I'm seeing is from V01.dat?

Then why, when I specify the webcache folder it comes up with no entries??
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17 Nov 2013   #23
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I don't know what all the BrowsingHistoryView tool needs to see in order to show you the info.

If I drill down to this path...
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WebCache
...I get nothing.

If I leave the folder selection at...
C:\Users\
...I get info. But sometimes I have to reboot and reopen the BrowsingHistoryView tool to see the info.

If I try each profile folder below C:\Users\...
C:\Users\All Users
C:\Users\Default
C:\Users\Default User
C:\Users\Public
C:\Users\username
...I get nothing.

If you use desktop gadgets, they might prevent the tool from getting to the info.
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17 Nov 2013   #24
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
I don't know what all the BrowsingHistoryView tool needs to see in order to show you the info.
Just to be on the safe side I show all folders, files, drives, and system files in Folder options >View Tab.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
If I drill down to this path...
C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WebCache
...I get nothing.
Same here.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
If I leave the folder selection at...
C:\Users\
...I get info. But sometimes I have to reboot and reopen the BrowsingHistoryView tool to see the info.
Haven't tried that yet, will let you know.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
If I try each profile folder below C:\Users\...
C:\Users\All Users
C:\Users\Default
C:\Users\Default User
C:\Users\Public
C:\Users\username
...I get nothing.
Same here. Haven't tried all those permutations yet, will let you know.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
If you use desktop gadgets, they might prevent the tool from getting to the info.
No, no gadgets here. I strive to be a purist when it comes to anything involving computing, and using our machine.



Will have to get back to you later...Dinner will be ready in an hour, and I had a few moments to check my email.

The F1 Austin Texas race is on
Last Sprint cup race in Fla is coming up.
And a few American Football games I'm interested in are on.

Just might be around 10pm est before I can get back.....
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02 Dec 2013   #25
Lexus45

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Binks - any input on this MAJOR privacy issue and how to manage its collection of data?

I still find it hard to believe how little concern there is within the computing population over this topic.
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02 Dec 2013   #26
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Lexus,

When privacy is a concern, then about all you can do, other than not be on the internet, is to use IE with InPrivate Browsing.

Internet Explorer InPrivate Browsing - Turn On

Internet Explorer InPrivate Browsing Shortcut

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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10 Dec 2013   #27
Lexus45

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Getting back on this item.

Brink, not sure using InPrivate Browsing even helps as we are not discussing the "user's" ability to delete browsing history, etc. If I recall, at least in IE versions prior to IE10, the InPrivate Browsing still accumulated in the index.dat files.

Years ago there was much concern about the index.dat files and there were instructions everywhere on how to delete these files due to them containing your entire browsing history. Amost any decent "cleaner" program would also rid your system of this files.

Starting with IE10, this gathering of information was moved to a more sophisticated process utilizing webcacheV01.dat files and no one seems know how to delete this information. And worse, cares to figure out how!!!

People, this is a record of everything you view and do on your computer. This information is available to anyone who knows how to obtain these files!!
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10 Dec 2013   #28
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I'm concerned and was just pointed here, good info for us paranoiacs, I have the tee shirt and hat.

Searching for webcacheV01 with w7 search I got 2 webcacheV01.dat and 2 webcacheV01.temp files. @ of them I deleted manually and they went away, the other two say they are open is a host process, or something. This is a bit technical for me.

I am running the PZ program as I write this, it found over 8000 traces of "stuff".

Or maybe more....

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10 Dec 2013   #29
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

As shown in post #19, the PZ tool changes the info in the database, but it leaves the date and time behind.

You could just delete the database:
...log off of the primary user account
...log on using an admin account
...delete the webcache folder of the primary user
...log off of the secondary account
...log back on to the primary account

Or, you can kill some services and delete the folder that way...
...but I'm not suggesting that to folks just yet.
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11 Dec 2013   #30
Lexus45

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

But per my original Post #3, the PDF file attachment talks about "information" (remember these cache files are collecting and retaining browser information and computer usage information) first being collected by logs and then at some point being written into the Webcache files (seem to recall there is a period of time that this is done after IE is closed).
The forensic PDF talks about being able to obtain at least some data from those various log files even without the Webcache file. If so, they must go also.

FYI Brink, I had forgotten but that PDF article does say that some data is recoverable even if InPrivate browsing was utilized.

Until this gets sorted out, I have not installed IE10 so I can only convey what I read to those who may have already installed IE10 or now IE11.

There has to be a way for someone or a cleaner program company to figure this out - yes?

I'm surprised that the PZ - PrivaZer program does much of anything since they have yet to announce that they have solved this issue either.
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