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  1. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    Nah, in Linux all files are shown, there is no superhidden file setting, just the standart hidden one.
    Besides, as I now know, is a windows IE thing.

    Those sites mentioned special tools for removing those files, you should try them,
    and probably stop using IE.
     
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  3. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    i agree
     
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  5. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    thats the way it is in winblows too
    lets see there is read only, system, hidden, archive
    i believe thats all the attributes
    there is no superhidden in winblows either but the very existence of these files really makes me question just what the hell microsoft is up to.
     
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  7. Kunax Sciforums:Reality not required Registered Senior Member

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    Of cause they will show in a file searh(no one runs with hidden files on,? do they?) and they seems to be IE only as Avatar said, they basicly contain a list of the cookies and what site they came from + some crypted data, al in all they seem to be some kind of indexing service(who would have thoug) for IE.

    So unless your using IE to surf nastyporn.com at the office, cookies should be no problem. On the other hand if thats the highlight of your day, you have nothing to hide tech support allready knows, from firewall logs and such and your failur to clean up after yourself

    Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!

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    oh yea, switch the firefox.
     
  8. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    kunax these files WILL NOT show up on a file search
    the only one that does is in the cookie folder
    and they store more than the sites you visit
    they store things that you do offline
    they store the titles of the dvd's that you watch offline
    they store the names of the games that you play offline
    they store the names of the programs that you run offline
    i also believe that ALL the info in them is encrypted, thats why you need a special reader to read them
    and i do have firfox
     
  9. Kunax Sciforums:Reality not required Registered Senior Member

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    THEY DO SHOW UP on a file search, you are just not doing it right. even with hidden files off, you have to specify to include hidden files in your search on XP... long live MS...

    I have 16 of then, most of then almost empty and tied in to IE in some way, however if you use media player or other MS products i would suspect them of using the files as well.
    My self i only use XP from ms so that could explain the rarity/emptyness of then on my system.

    The data in them also seems to be just strings hashed in some way making then unreadable to the naked eye.
     
  10. Kunax Sciforums:Reality not required Registered Senior Member

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    example. in the game EVE-online there is a browser based on IE, whish also has an index.dat file.

    But there is no point in discussion this, if you have anything to hide, you need to prevent ALL kinds of local access, also maintain strick firewall/antivira settings(to prevent backdoors) and switch proxy every so often.
     
  11. leopold Valued Senior Member

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  12. leopold Valued Senior Member

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    this reaLLY BOILS DOWN TO SECURITY, how secure is you stuff?
    check out the following excerpt

    However, today — as for the past six months — there is no better and more secure solution than running a single, external, NAT router — providing redundant external intrusion protection — coupled with copies of the FREE ZoneAlarm firewall
    http://grc.com/lt/hardware.htm

    if you the user have the above setup i believe that your private info will remain secure if you also follow some common sense rules.
    the above site also has a downloadable leak test to test your firewall
     
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