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, 23 Jul 2005
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Internet Explorer: INDEX.DAT files keep a list of websites you have visited, cookies received and files opened/downloaded. As a result anyone can find out what you have been doing on the Internet!

What is an Index.dat file?

Index.dat are files hidden on your computer that contain many of the Web sites that you have visited. Every URL and Web page is listed there. This script is for you, if internet privacy is an issue or you're just curious to see what surfing habits people have on your PC or Network. In WinXP, here's where you'll usually find them:

C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>\Local Settings\History\History.IE5\index.dat

How do these scripts work?

IE.vbs and IE_Network.vbs allow you to find, scan, view and erase all local/remote history index.dat files. Also, records precise URL visit time stamps. Scans are very fast and index.dat file parsing is done using 100% VBScript. Results are logged locally to C:\spy.htm or C:\Machine-MM-DD-YYYY.htm. For example:

It's free!

Yep, feel free to modify this script for whatever nefarious activities you like. It's amazing to see so many websites charging $24.95/$39.95 for bloated programs which basically function the same way as this script! If you like this script and it runs correctly, please feel free to email me. It'll give me a better idea on how it's functioning on your systems. Of course, any bugs can be tracked below in the message board section. Thanks!

Enjoy! (-_-)

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Comments and Discussions

 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! Pinmembercyber_flash2-Dec-04 1:32 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! Pinmemberamonlee16-Dec-04 17:53 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! PinsussAnonymous19-May-05 14:52 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! Pinmemberamonlee19-May-05 20:14 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! PinsussAnonymous13-Jan-05 5:23 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! Pinmemberthe-unforgiven25-Dec-04 21:23 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! Pinmemberroddo30-Dec-04 9:59 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! Pinmemberkcj38210-Jan-05 11:42 
One datapoint: I develop/maintain an application which must read/write the history file (index.dat) for IE across SP1 and SP2. For whatever reason, there is a slight difference in file format between SP1 and SP2, such that copying the index.dat file created on a SP1 machine over to a SP2 machine will (sometimes) cause problems (e.g., URL entry displayed incorrectly). I ran across this sample code as I am searching a solution for this problem, and therefore I personally did not entertain the idea that this code was created for the purpose of "spying". Two points I want to make are (IMHO) 1) samples like these are an enormous contribution and greatly serve the development community, and 2) one may often carry preconceived notions with regard to purpose, blind to contribution (whatever that means).
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! Pinmemberpauliface10-Jan-05 12:22 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! PinmemberPaul Lyons14-Jul-05 10:54 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! PinsussAnonymous17-Apr-05 19:40 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! Pinmemberlevel612-Jul-05 21:47 
GeneralRe: You should be ashamed! PinsussAnonymous20-Jul-05 9:17 
GeneralJapanese Windows OS Pinmembercyber_flash29-Oct-04 8:37 
GeneralSome XP Home Machines Report back, some don't PinmemberJacky Winters13-Oct-04 16:51 
GeneralRe: Some XP Home Machines Report back, some don't Pinmembercyber_flash15-Oct-04 5:04 
GeneralDate/Time Stamp - Same as IE Pinmembercyber_flash5-Oct-04 8:55 
GeneralRe: Date/Time Stamp - Same as IE PinmemberDavid Blanchard MCSD, MCAD, MCDBA25-Oct-04 23:54 
GeneralRe: Date/Time Stamp - Same as IE Pinmembercyber_flash26-Oct-04 13:02 
GeneralCross site scripting vulnerability Pinmembersch.ris12-Sep-04 9:26 
GeneralRe: Cross site scripting vulnerability Pinmembercyber_flash12-Sep-04 13:23 
GeneralRe: Cross site scripting vulnerability Pinmembersch.ris19-Sep-04 7:50 
GeneralRe: Cross site scripting vulnerability Pinmembercyber_flash19-Sep-04 13:07 
Generalntfs PinmemberMandalay5-Sep-04 20:41 
Generalvery usefull script PinsussAnonymous3-Sep-04 5:01 

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