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Old 03-02-2003, 11:38 PM   #1
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Did you know ... ? Microsoft's deepest secrets


Did you know that Internet Explorer keeps all the cache you've ever downloaded in a hidden folder on your hard drive? The folder is no ordinary hidden folder - it is actually a folder programmed into Windows so that you cannot see it. As you view sites with IE, hundreds and hundreds of files may be put into that folder, but it's not cache ... it's kept there forever, locked up out of your view.

If you try to access it through Windows, you can open it, but it will blind you and say 0 files found. If you try to open it with even DOS it will say 0 files found. And if you try to open it through a DOS bootup disk, you probably won't even be able to access your hard drive because it it most likely a NTFS filesystem. If it isn't, you can access it though. Then you can delete the files.

I don't remember where this folder is hidden - I red this up a week ago, and I have to reboot into Windows to read the txt file to get the location. I'll get it soon though.

If you want to get to the folder on a NTFS filesystem, you have to purchase a program called NTFSDOS and boot from it. A regular DOS bootable will not be able to read a NTFS filesystem.

There's literally hundreds and hundreds of megabytes of files of absolutely everything you've ever seen, sent, or recieved on IE. Even all your passwords and credit card information can be accessed by just viewing a file. ... That is, if you know how to view it.

If you use IE, I reccomend that you switch browsers to something else, IE is not secure. And God knows what else Microsoft is preparing under their welded-shut hood.
 
Old 03-02-2003, 11:42 PM   #2
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And Linus Torvalds is my dad.... would you believe that too ?
 
Old 03-03-2003, 12:22 AM   #3
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It probably is true since it is Microsoft's program.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 02:07 AM   #4
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If it's what I'm thinking of, theres a possibility of it being true.

I never paid much thought to it as I have a firewall blocking anything windows related going OUT of that PC, and I reformat windows installations frequently enough
 
Old 03-03-2003, 02:34 AM   #5
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I read this a while ago and thought..alien abductions, etc. However, I have a Mandrake/Win98se dual boot system, so I looked for the file. I think it was in IE5/history, and it is a .dat file. Mandrake found it instantly, and opening it in a text editor did, in fact, show it to be a very long list of visited urls.

Opera is now the "default browser" in Windows, and I use Zonealarm to lock off all internet access now, anyway.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 04:25 AM   #6
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"And Linus Torvalds is my dad.... would you believe that too ?"

Well that's a bit unfair. Common it's M$, those guy's a capable of practically every thing. I certainly belief it could be true. But I would like to know were that hidden folder is located at. carlywarly, you fould a file with all the URL's you ever visited, but that's not what orange400 was talking about.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 05:56 AM   #7
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lol. cute. i've recently switched from windows to linux,
and there's no such file; no file which stores hundreds
of megabytes of urls. as for a hidden file being invisible
completely because it is programmed in ; a good story

i'm not a newbie in windows, though i am one in linux
 
Old 03-03-2003, 06:04 AM   #8
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literally hundreds and hundreds of megabytes
My hard drive is only 10MB.

Not that I'm on windowz.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 06:11 AM   #9
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Whoa, 10mb! Sweet As for this file, if it's just a list of text urls, assuming you've visited a billion websites, even then it's not going to hundreds of MB's. I am not doubting the file exists, I'm just saying it's not gonna take up that much room. Lucky me, I only visit pr0n in linux and educational sites in win

Cool
 
Old 03-03-2003, 07:26 AM   #10
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The text file is there along with some other crap.But thats been like this since the times when I was young.Just do a google search like 'hidden files windows' and you will get about 10 million hits.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 07:47 AM   #11
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It's called index.dat, and doesn't appear in Windows explorer, nor is it visible at the dos prompt.
 
Old 03-03-2003, 08:45 AM   #12
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Smells like bullsh...
 
Old 03-03-2003, 09:54 AM   #13
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Re: Did you know ... ? Microsoft's deepest secrets

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Originally posted by orange400
There's literally hundreds and hundreds of megabytes of files of absolutely everything you've ever seen, sent, or recieved on IE. Even all your passwords and credit card information can be accessed by just viewing a file. ... That is, if you know how to view it.
Er, I wouldn't be terribly surprised if such a file existed, but I highly doubt it consumes "hundreds of megabytes." I'm pretty sure that's something I'd notice. Your argument for its existence is hardly convincing, either.

Besides, there are far better reasons to switch from MSIE to other browsers I can think of: stability, speed, standards-compliance...
 
Old 03-03-2003, 10:46 AM   #14
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On XP there is a directory that is hidden with the internet temp files. its at c:\documentsandsettings\username\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files

It has all your files, it also has a bug that sometimes it doesn't limit the space used by the temp files, a computer I just worked on last week had 1.5 gig's of temp files there when the windows setting said that there was not to be more than 35 megs.

This folder is hidden, it is also a special windows system file, you cannot see the contents from dos, and you normally cannot delete the files from windows explorer, you have to do it from internet explorer. So in that sence this does exist and can be hundreds of megs.

In windows what you have to worry about more is all this stupid spyware you get from the internet i.e commonname, new.net, gator, etc... I use a prog called ad-aware to get rid of it. I also have worked on machines that had 250+ files of spyware on it so I would worry about that more than ie.

As a side note I use opera as much as possible so I am not saying I love ie :-)
 
Old 03-03-2003, 11:29 AM   #15
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that is somewhat true. i read about this a while ago and was able to reboot into dos and find the file. oddly it's marked as a system file but windows won't find it when you tell ie to show hidden and system files. anyway, you can delete them if you reboot into dos. i don't like that being there so i added a line to autoexec.bat that deletes the files on bootup.
 
  


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