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JANDOENT
10-09-00, 12:07 PM
In Windows cookies, I have an Index.dat cookie. It shows as zipped. When I try to unzip it says it doesn't appear to be a valid archive. I cannot delete it, open it, nor move it. Don't have a clue where it came from, however I guess it was D/L'ed with some programs. My 'puter was infested w/ spies, and I'm trying to give it an enema by deleting everything that I can before I reformat.Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. TIA

Prey521
10-09-00, 12:15 PM
This is what I do with Index.dat: I open it with Word or any other Word Procesor and I delete all of the text that is inside of it and then I save it. It always seems to do the trick for me http://www.speedguide.net/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.speedguide.net/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.speedguide.net/ubb/biggrin.gif. And stop bein so paranoid KJ http://www.speedguide.net/ubb/smile.gif.

TonyT
10-10-00, 01:33 PM
SEE THIS (http://www.speedcorp.net/ubb/Forum9/HTML/000038.html)

chacmool
10-10-00, 01:37 PM
Reboot in MS-DOS

Run the: źdeltree cookies╗ command.

The cookies folder & all its contents (including index.dat) will be delated. They will be recreated upon reboot.

However, the index.dat will be a fraction of the size, that it was.

In the Temporary Internet Files folder in another index.dat file. It is MUCH larger that the cookies index.dat

In MS-DOS, run the deltree tempor~1 command...same as above happends.

Sid
10-10-00, 10:42 PM
If your gonna format the drive then download from your hard drive manufacture a drive zeroing program. It will put "0" in every sector and cluster on the drive. Garanteed there will be nothing there after that.

chacmool
10-11-00, 10:21 AM
A FORMAT drive: /U does it.

This performs an unconditional format, which destroys every byte of data on ANY hard disk/floppy by overwriting it with hex F6h.

JANDOENT
10-11-00, 11:37 PM
Thanks everyone, unfortunately it took a total re-format http://www.speedguide.net/ubb/frown.gif to get rid of all of the problems. But this was made possible with the help of SeedOfChaos and a 4 hour phone conversation. Seed is awesome! http://www.speedguide.net/ubb/biggrin.gif He took the time to go over alot of preparation work with me, advising me on what I should save to disk, to be ready for the big REFORMAT. Then the following day, he talked me through it step by step and didn't quit until he was sure that I was up and running! http://www.speedguide.net/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.speedguide.net/ubb/biggrin.gif I can't tell him Thank's enough!!!!Being a "Newbie", I could not have done it with out his help!!!!