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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2002

    IE History

    i am trying to make my own script to delete IE history, but i have some questions:

    1 - where does IE store its history other than Temporary Internet Files and History Folders?

    2 - how can i make sure that windows is not using a certain file, so that it is safe to delete?

    i use visual basic and/or c


  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    I think that history might be stored in the Windows/cookies directory.

    But your quote, "Nobody steals our chicks and lives," where was that from? It definately sounds familiar. Im thinking maybe Duke Nukem 3D or some other game? Or a movie? Im really curious now.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    well, just as a tip, the easiest way to do what you are trying to do is just make a batch file that looks like this:
    -----------------begin file-------------------
    del "c:\directory 1 here\*.*"
    del "c:\directory 2 here\*.*"
    -----------------end file---------------------
    then name it "ClearHistory.bat" and you're set.

    if you find there are certian files you want to leave(like cookies that keep you loged in somewhere so you dont have to do it manually each time) just do a command like this:
    ---------------begin script-----------------
    copy "c:\cookie directory here\cookiename" "c:\tempcookie\"
    del "c:\cookie directory here\*.*"
    copy "c:\tempcookie\cookiename" "c:\cookie directory here\"
    rd "c:\tempcookie\" /s /q
    ---------------end script------------------
    and that will get the job done for you.

    There are 10 types of people in this world: those who understand binary, and those who dont.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Yup, batch programming would be easiest. I was just going to reccomend using it, it is simple and usually easy to write. Also, just to let you know, supposedly, your index.dat file is a listing of all sites you have ever visisted, though it is always in use by windows, so it is inaccessible, so you have to restart in DOS and delete it. I don't know if it really is though, I took a look at mine in wordpad and notepad and it just seemed to be gibberish. The index.dat file is located in the c:\windows\cookies directory.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2002
    yeah it's duke *grin* still a great game!

  6. #6
    Don't forget the index.dat file

    DOS only deletion, btw. Can not open nor delete from within Windows.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    *the wise do sooner what the fools do later.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
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    Jun 2002
    Some places MSIE likes to play:

    C:\WINDOWS\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\
    C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files\
    C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\

    Netscape NSN:
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\default\Cache\
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\default\netscape.hst
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\default\history.dat
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\default\
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\default\cookies.txt
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Navigator\Cache\
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Navigator\netscape.hst
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Navigator\cookies.txt
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Navigator\Mail\
    C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\default\Mail\

    Not all of the above is junk, be carefull what you delete. Anyway those are some of the folders that Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator like to use, stuff is also stored in the registry, just start up regedit and do a search for netscape or internet explorer. If you use Windows NT it might be regedit32 im not sure.

    A nice place to do this type of cleanup is in autoexec.bat which should be in your C:\ drive root directory or somewhere else, if it is not there just make it, it is a batch file that executes every time you start Windows. I like to set my date so I maintain the same date every day
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