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Netscape 6/7 Profile Location

By default, Netscape profiles are stored in different places on different platforms. Users may also choose a directory (or folder) in which to store their profile data.

For Netscape 6 and 7, the default profile and registry storage are stored in the directories (or called folders) are shown in the table below. Paths to the Mozilla directory vary among platforms.

The mozilla directory always contains the following:
* The profile registry (name varies among platforms)
* A directory called Profiles

The Profiles directory contains one or more directories whose names correspond to Netscape profiles (shown as profile_name in table below).
Each of these directories includes another directory whose name is composed of random numbers and letters (shown as salted_name (*****.slt) in table below). (side issue: why use random numbers and letters?)
For Windows platforms, your Windows login name is referred as user_name.

Important: The directory Application Data may be hidden on some Windows platforms (such as Windows 2000 and XP). If this is the case, the user should follow these steps to see it:
1. Open the View menu for the Mozilla directory and choose Options.
2. Click the View tab.
3. Under Hidden Options, click "Show all files".

Netscape 6/7 Profile Location (sorted by Platform)
Windows 2000/Windows XP
C:\Documents and Settings\user_name\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\profile_name\salted_name

Windows NT
C:\Winnt\Profiles\user_name\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\profile_name\salted_name

Windows ME
C:\Windows\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\profile_name\salted_name

Windows 95/Windows 98
(If Windows login password protection is disabled)
C:\Windows\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\profile_name\salted_name

(If Windows login password protection is enabled)
C:\Windows\Profiles\user_name\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\profile_name\salted_name

Macintosh OS 8.6-9.1
boot_disk:System Folder:Preferences:Mozilla Registry

Macintosh OS X

'echo $HOME'
to find where $HOME is pointing to. (The registry and profiles are in $HOME/.mozilla)

Note: Netscape 6.0 and 6.01 profiles are stored in a directory ~\Users50 instead of ~\Profiles

Side issue, why would Netscape use random numbers and letters?
It is to provide the security of your private data, by using the random numbers and letters, hackers are harder to guess which directory you used to store your data.
There *might* be some un-covered security issues in JavaScript or Mozilla itself, and which might allow hackers to gather files from your computer. It is most likely that they can only get your files with known file names and exact location. The random numbers and letters would provide the best and easiest way to safe guard your personal data, in case of new security hold.

We recommend you getting latest Netscape for security updates.
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