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#1 sharpie

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 09:40 PM

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is there a program that i can use to ERASE all cookies, documents and media from my old desktops HDD? I want to give it away and I was thinking about just re-instaling the OS, but if you know what you are doing you can still get those files and cookies. The closest thing I have is CCleaner, but I know that won't do it. Any help will be much appreciated.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 09:43 PM

You could wipe the drive with this:

http://www.dban.org/

And then reinstall Windows.
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 10:33 PM

Sure. There are plenty of "file shredding" utilities out there.

Here's one I use: http://download.cnet.com/File-Shredder/300...4-10662831.html
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Posted 24 April 2010 - 07:53 PM

You can Google Drive Scrubber and get the job done. Just another thought, you can install a new H/D cheep and then give the computer away and destroy the old H/D in any manner you care to.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 12:14 PM

thanks, but what if i dont want to erase the os. just cookies, files and media even the hidden ones? things that someone couldnt use against me taxes, bills etc...

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 12:17 PM

You can Google Drive Scrubber and get the job done. Just another thought, you can install a new H/D cheep and then give the computer away and destroy the old H/D in any manner you care to.

dont want to buy something just to give it away for free.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 04:24 PM

CCleaner can do that.

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

The Cleaner function is the one you want. I wouldn't recommend using the Registry function.
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Posted 30 April 2010 - 05:01 AM

does ccleaner completly remove the files from your hdd? thats what im using now to erase cookies but i'm not sure if they are gone for good or if it just erases whats on the surface, also whats wrong with the registry scanner that comes with ccleaner? i've used it with no problems. for some reason it always finds at least one error.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 08:04 AM

Yeah, CCleaner has a secure deletion function, I've never done it for an entire drive, but works okay for files.

Another good option with right-click integration is Eraser
http://eraser.heidi.ie/
Open source and free. Works fine for individual drives as well as larger groups of files.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 12:25 PM

whats wrong with the registry scanner that comes with ccleaner? i've used it with no problems. for some reason it always finds at least one error.

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.


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