"Total Recall": Frequently Asked Questions

  • FAQ

What is this program's purpose?

Our program was written to give the computer user a tool to reconstruct Internet Explorer activity and some of the user's activity on their computer.

Microsoft Internet Explorer stores its Internet activity in index.dat files. These files are binary database files, which are used by Microsoft as the file type for storing several different sets of information. Included among these files are user data, Internet cookies, and Internet history storage. These files are found dispersed throughout the user's profile folders.

Our program automatically defines the location of your index.dat files, but you may select another location.

A lot of different information about the user's activity is stored on your personal computer. Usually the user knows nothing about the existence of this information.

"Total Recall" is able to locate a major portion of this data.

Currently, our program finds: MS Internet Explorer activity; MS Internet Explorer history; MS Internet Explorer cookie; MS Internet Explorer favorites; Recent files and folders; Unerased temporary files.

Research results are shown as handy tables. The tables have search options, and a context menu to help you manipulate these files. Tabled data may be sorted. You may export found information in various formats. You can also open the file by the program with which it is associated.

Why are some of the fields in the table empty?

The index.dat files can also contain whole or partial remains of deleted records. This information is reflected in the table too. Often, a portion of information from the deleted records is missing and incomplete; hence, the reason for blank fields in the table.

Can the program automatically recall and show the information about user's activity?

Recall data may be completed automatically for the current user. With this end in view click the button (menu item) "Total Recall" and wait when the information will be collected and shown. All the tables for "Internet Explorer" and "Documents" partitions will be filled in one by one.

Can the program collect the information for a definite date?

The program allows collecting data for all tables or for some tables in according to the following set of criteria: date of the last access (within date range or outside date range); by field contents, existence of a word, phrase or group of characters or by exception if you want information pertaining to entries that do contain this information.

How I can open the file which is shown inside table?

You may double click the table's row or use a context menu. Right-click anywhere on the table to see the context options for your selection. The file may be opened by the program associated with the file type or you may select the program to open this file, at your option.

Is it possible to view the pictures inside the program?

When you select the image from the table its thumbnail is shown at the bottom right corner and it helps you to preview the pictures using a built-in viewer. Click the thumbnail to view it inside of special viewer window. If the picture contains multiple-frames, the panel will preview thumbnails showing the initial two frames for a multiple-frame TIFF file and nonstop animation for GIF files.

Is it possible to research the index.dat files of different users if I have administrator priviledge?

Yes, just include the full path to the related file manually.

How can I install and uninstall the program?

There is no special requirements to install the program; just run (or unzip) the self-extracting setup file.

How do I create the Desktop and Quick Start Icons?

Use "HELP" from the main menu to create the quick start icons.

What are the differences between the free and the commercial (full) versions?

"Total Recall" is absolutely free software and there is no commercial version.

What are program's languages?

It is currently available in English.

To localize the program (or use a different language): 1. Download from our web-site file "enu.lang" 2. Translate it to desired language 3. Save it under the name XXX.lang. Find the XXX file for your language within first column of the "Available Locales" table (main menu: "Help | Help yourself (localization)").

Move your new language module into the program's folder. A new item will appear in the main program's menu (in the "Language" menu)

Please, do us a favour and send your language file to support@janusware.com to incorporate in future releases of the program.

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