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Posted by:

Patti
06 Oct 2005

Finally, something I can actually use! Most of the info you've given over the years has been great-but sometimes it's so detailed I have to either delete it or stick it in some folder I never open just in case I might need it! This format and info is simple to read and use; is compact enough that it doesn't take up pages and pages and puts the important info we all need close to the top so we don't have to scroll all the way down the page(s) to find the section or article or instructions!
Sincerely,
Patti

Posted by:

Arnold
06 Oct 2005

Crap Cleaner is very effective and it is free.

Posted by:

David dorey
07 Oct 2005

Cookies are useful in allowing one to enter limited sites. eg tudogs.com One must subscribe to the newletter in order to enter the web site.
Cookies do leave a trail. I use Karens cookie viewer
a free prg that allows me to look at all of the cookies on my computer and delete those I donot wish to keep track of.

Posted by:

Olen
07 Oct 2005

IE Privacy Keeper is free and removes almost everything. I use it first. Then I use RegScrubXP, which is also free and gets things that IE Privacy Keeper misses. Then I run DustBuster which cleans more redundant files from the registry that the others missed. And it is free. Next I run Traces Viewer which removes any and all traces and "crumbs" the others might have missed. It is also free. And finally, I run the free version of X-Cleaner which looks for spyware, adware, trojans and viruses. It sounds like a lot, but it does not take that long to run each program. And they are free. Just do a google search for the name and it will show you where to download them for free. -Olen

Posted by:

walter donavan
07 Oct 2005

I like the easier, softer, cheaper way. Run "Delete Temporary Files", "MRU Blaster", and "CCleaner" (Even cleans Opera.) All three are freeware, fast downloads, and can be found in Google. Try them; they are so much easier. You may never poke around in your browsers again. I don't.

Posted by:

BaJa
07 Oct 2005

The latest Avant browser contains all the tools and options you need to make cleanup a very easy, automatic process without all the extra gyrations.

Posted by:

Rick Winter
07 Oct 2005

Your advice on clearing browser history does not seem to apply to Macs (OS X anyway). When you pull down from Tools you do not get Options for one thing. The only way I've found to clear your browser history on Firefox on a Mac, is to go to Preferences>Privacy and hit Clear on Saved Form Information. You can check that by clicking on the empty bar on Google and if no pulldown list appears, it's cleared.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Arrgh... why can't the software developers make things work the same (at LEAST from the user interface perspective) on various platforms?

Posted by:

Bob
07 Oct 2005

Looks like we have a lot of paranoid surfers. All have listed many great ways to hide your tracks while surfing the Web, but here is the easiest way I know. Boot up and surf with a Linux Live CD! What could be easier, nothing to delete and nothing to install, plus no worry of virus or spyware.

Posted by:

Heather
07 Oct 2005

Wow - Olen, what do you do that you have THAT MUCH to clean off? ;) I agree with BaJa - I love Avant Browser (an IE skin). You go to Tools > Clear Records > Clear All Records (in Avant) it clears away everything. =)

Posted by:

MmeMoxie
09 Oct 2005

I am surprised that there has been no mention of Webroot's Window Washer. I have been using this program for years and will not be with out it.

Posted by:

Colin Edmonds
24 Oct 2005

Pretty much covers the issues.
However, I can't help but stress the point you mention in passing about computers at work. Actually, it is not just computers at work that keep "logs" of a person's trail. If you are accessing the net through someone's service (an ISP, for example), their servers also keep a log of all accesses (although no one has the time and energy to look through them all, the record is still on file and can certainly be called up if requested, for example by legal authorities). Most such service providers archive their files, and so the chances are that somewhere, there is a record of your browsing history.
This would mean that if you don't want anyone to know where you've been, your only protection is in not going there at all

Posted by:

GT68106
01 Mar 2006

How about CLEAN CASH V3.2 at [buttuglysoftware.com] It will also clean up [index.dat files] They are tracks hidden on the hard drive. Then there's [index.dat scanner] at [http://www.extramile.ro/index.html] to see if you got em all. Both are free.

Posted by:

B. Fofana
07 Feb 2007

Hello Bob, Is it possible to prove that a file presented as a download from a website is a forgery when it was not the source?

EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm not sure what you are asking. Give an example...?

Posted by:

B. Fofana
07 Feb 2007

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Example : suppose someone claims that file F has been downloaded from www.somesite.com. Is it possible to prove or disprove that claim ?

EDITOR'S NOTE: If the file is on your computer, and someone is claiming that you got it from a certain website, then the only way to prove that would be to match up an entry in the website's server log with the records of your ISP. But chances are you can't get access to either without a court order.

Posted by:

KP
16 Feb 2007

Help, I am using Safari and want to clear the drop down window on Google. I'm using OS-X and nothing seems to work. Any ideas?

EDITOR'S NOTE: See http://www.askdavetaylor.com/how_do_i_clear_recent_searches_from_safari_and_google.html

Posted by:

Candice
09 Oct 2007

This was some of the most helpful information I have ever found on the internet! It's easy, effective, and it's free! Everything else I found was some stupid software that took an hour to download, and when it's finished you can't use it utill you pay. Anyways, Thanks!

Posted by:

Jorge
07 Jan 2008

Two connections:

1)Main location, 2)satellite location (different building)a few miles away. Connected to main location through VPN.

Task bar has two little computers (connections). One is a local one (westell modem in satellite location). I click on the Main Location Connection icon and disconnect. I still have access to internet. Can they see where I've been? I delete all the browser leaves behind (cache, temp files, etc.) When I disconnect the Main Location connection I stop receiving emails (outlook) and don't have access to the Mail Location server files.

Anyone knows if they can still see where I've been online? And no...no that kind of sites ;)

Posted by:

null
20 Jun 2008

Does or can the ISP keep track of things you wrote on sites? I understand they track what sites you were on, but can they keep anything you wrote or what you viewed?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Everything you enter on a web form, or that appears on a web page as text, passes through your ISP servers. Generally when you fill out a web form, it uses a POST (which does not include the data in the URL) so I doubt if that would be stored by the ISP. Also, on secure (https) forms, the data will be encrypted before it leaves your computer, so that's not a concern.

Posted by:

islander
12 Jul 2008

I've tried the usual method of 'control panel', 'internet options' and clicking on 'clear history' to get the question: "are you sure you want to clear history of visited websites?" When I click 'yes', my history is not cleared. All of the sites are still on the drop-down from the address bar. Any other suggestions? Thank you.

Posted by:

Jackson
01 Jun 2009

Hey, Is it possible for me to contact my ISP and have them tell me the browsing habits of someone who's on my network? Someone's using the Internet at the office and actually downloaded a p**n file... someone's going to have to get fired regardless, and I want to make sure it was the right person. Don't want the innocent guy to take the fall.

Can I have my ISP tell me the time/sites that were being used? Thanks!

EDITOR'S NOTE: Maybe, it depends on their policy. They might ask for a court order -- if they even have the data.

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