Microsofts hidden files

Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2003 09:31 pm
The more knowledeable of you will know about this, but for those that don't, microsoft doesn't allow you to delete files permanently, when you empty your temporary internet files they are not deleted they are moved to a secret (hidden ) file.

This program enables you to see everything you've ever clicked on to.It's made me think because I'm just about to sell puter and get a new one, which means that if the person I sell it to knows what he's doing, my life becomes an open book whether I want it to or not.


P.S. It's the 1.6 version if you want to download and have a look.
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2003 09:38 pm
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Hey Kev, I hate to break this to you but that is NOT where the deleted files go. The index.dat is constantly adding all that info you mentioned to it.. it doesn't wait for you to delete it as it is there already.

BTW, index.dat can be deleted easily through a dos prompt or by a multitude of programs available for use.

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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2003 09:56 pm
On the contrary Murray I'm glad your'e breaking it to me please enlighten me further.

( This was info related to me by an acquaintance who appeared to be very knowledgeable, but then again I'm not, so he would sound like he knows what he's doing)
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Reply Fri 15 Aug, 2003 03:28 pm
when you delete a file... it's deleted. microsoft does not permit you to delete file like MSN messaged and IE and whatnot... they will always reappear. but as for random files... they are gone. HOWEVER, the data is not removed from the disk. the space it was occlupying is just allocated back to the free-space index. the files can be reconstructed if they are not overwritten. there are programs (norton wipe among others) that *destroy) files, not just erase them. that is, they first overwrite the entire file with an arbitrary repeating hex integer, THEN erase it. so even if a file is resurrected, it contains no information.
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