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REMOVE WEBSITES VISITED ON HARD DRIVE


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#1 rlight

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 08:53 PM

I purchased a used computer for my grandson. Since I do not know how this computer has been used, is there a basic program that will remove visited websites from the hard drive. I have heard of Eraser, is that a good one for a novice?

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 08:59 PM

Your best option would be to reinstall Windows and start fresh.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:51 PM

Although re-installing the operating system is a good idea, I did stumble upon this little bit of freeware known as Privacy Mantra

It's pretty neat it works with Google Chrome as well as Internet Explorer - and...well..take a look at the website - it's pretty informative.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 01:10 AM

thanks for the info. i appreciate it.


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Posted 05 January 2011 - 12:10 AM

Eraser is more for file removal. A good program that I use to clean the cache, cookies, etc., is a program called CCleaner.

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 12:29 AM

I agree with Broni, a fresh installation of the operating system would be the best way to go. I will go one step further though, I would suggest using a program like Darik's Nuke and Boot to overwrite the entire hdd. If there are any surprises on the hdd, this will remove them.

It has been suggested that you use CCleaner. This program has some useful tools, but among these is a registry cleaner. Because of the number of topics related to problems originating from the use of registry cleaners our staff doe not endorsed the use of them. 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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Posted 05 January 2011 - 08:43 AM

My apologies, I should have added that while I use CCleaner for program un-installs (just easier to get to than going through Control Panel) and browser clean-outs, I would not recommended it for anything other than that (i.e. registry cleaning). I apologize for not adding that.




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