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Possible to track sites visited if history is erased?

Discussion in 'Software' started by kreese, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. kreese

    kreese Private E-2

    Our computer has Windows 98. Is it possible to check up on the sites visited on Internet Explorer even if the history has been erased? Heard rumors that this can be done, but I don't know how. Any help/advice?
  2. Brandon

    Brandon controlmind

    You could try checking:


    Start>Run>regedit>Navigate to the following keys: HKEY_CURRENT_USER>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Internet Explorer>TypedURLs

    Otherwise I do not know of a program that can check....
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2005
  3. Insomniac

    Insomniac Billy Ray Cyrus #1 Fan

    The information you want is stored on an Index.dat file I think.

    There are some programs that will allow you to view these files, such as Index.Dat Suite or WinSpy, which includes a viewer.
  4. Genius

    Genius Private E-2

    Nice info folks!!!
  5. kreese

    kreese Private E-2

    Thanks for your help. Husband would excommunicate me if I downloaded anything onto his computer, but I'll try all the non-download options. Appreciate your advice!
  6. farmertx

    farmertx Private E-2

    Using the start run C:\Windows\History will bring up file holding last 3-4 days, depending on setting of options. Click day shown and double click a folder to see full name of site. Use back to return to folder and vuew other sites visited.
  7. Major Attitude

    Major Attitude Co-Owner MajorGeeks.Com Staff Member

  8. bigbazza

    bigbazza R.I.P. 14/12/2011 - Good Onya Geek


    Download/install and run these 3. All are free and don't conflict with each other.
    Each finds stuff the other 2 miss.

    Cleanup! www.stevengould.org/
    (It works well, FWIW), together with

    CCleaner http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=4191
    as Major Attitude recommended

    and EmpTemp http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=1575 ,
    as a 3 pronged attack on stuff accumulated after every net session.

    I have been using these 3, all FREE, for ages now. Each finds stuff the other 2 miss.

    These 3 will clean out almost everything, but, I believe, that user.dat accumulates history and cannot be cleared out/ deleted, on a regular basis like index.dat.

    Don't delete user.dat like you can delete index.dat or trouble will result.

    Someone else please step in regarding user.dat as I would like to know further info on user.dat, which may be helpful to pass on to others reading this thread, as well.

  9. bigbazza

    bigbazza R.I.P. 14/12/2011 - Good Onya Geek

    Bump. I'd like your views on user.dat.
    Its purpose?
    Can it be deleted, edited, or has it to be left alone, as I suspect. Bazza
  10. Tom K

    Tom K Private First Class

    This is a topic I am interested in and have been working with up until about two weeks ago. The two programs that Insomniac recommended, Index.Dat Suite and WinSpy, can those also work on Windows XP Professional? And do they allow you to view and save all the files found in C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files, and then give you the option to delete all of them? Also, is it a good idea to delete the index.dat file, or just all the files after it within the folder I listed above? If you need me to clarify any of these questions, I'll be glad to do so. Thank you for your reply.
  11. bigbazza

    bigbazza R.I.P. 14/12/2011 - Good Onya Geek

    Index.dat should be deleted regularly, otherwise it just grows and grows. It keeps records of all the sites you have visited. The 3 programs that I listed will clean out all the crap.
    MA and I both recommended CCleaner. (see previous replies). I use all 3, though, daily.

    Index.dat will reconstitute itself (the next time you reboot) after any of these programs have flagged it for deletion. It will start off at a minimum size, but will grow unless you delete it. Deleting it does no harm.


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