[LINK] Microsoft's Really Hidden Files
Fri, 23 Nov 2001 11:30:26 +1100
> There are folders on your computer that Microsoft has tried
> hard to keep secret.
This guy has misinterpreted one of the security protections in Internet
Explorer. IE structures its cache as a set of randomly named directories so
that cached items aren't in known locations. This is to prevent web sites
placing a known file in the user's cache and then, using the absolute path
to the browser cache, executing that file as a local executable. This
structuring is hidden from the user and mapped to the UI by the Windows
Also, all the so-called secret information he refers to is accessible using
public API's. It's just that Windows is more complex than DOS, and
Still, his spirit of investigation is to be commended.
Regards, Tony Healy