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Deleting your details after using someone else's PC.


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#1 techphobe

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 07:27 AM

I've been borrowing someone's laptop and am due to give it back. He only uses IE so I downloaded opera and chrome to keep things separate. All I've been doing is browsing but I've been on my email, twitter, google accounts etc.

 

Will deleting the browser's history & cookies and deleting these browsers be enough to get rid of my password details etc?

 

One reason I ask is he says he's never used opera, but when I went on it I could see his facebook and email accounts and I could log into them.  (This is even after I'd deleted the browser  & cookie history on IE, so I can't access them on there.) How does that happen? If at sometime in the future he downloads those browsers will my details pop up? I obviously don't want him to be able to log into my things.

 

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 08:03 AM

Hello, I don't have much experience with Chrome, but for Opera, I've noted that when I install OPera on my PC, there's a step where I tick whether or not to import iinformation stored from a previously installed version of Opera on the same PC.

So, if you delete these browsers then he decides to  installs opera in the future and happens to tick to import, cookies and passwords saved from the opera you are using now may enable him access your information.



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Posted 06 April 2016 - 12:54 PM

Delete all files under %TMP% and under %APPDATA%\<browsers> (where <browsers> is a placeholder for any folders associated with the browsers you used).
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 03:02 AM

Google Chrome has something called Incognito Mode --> https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95464?hl=en

 

It won't save your browsing history, but I am not sure about temporary files. However you can always clean them with CCleaner.



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 09:36 AM

Google Chrome has something called Incognito Mode --> https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95464?hl=en
 
It won't save your browsing history, but I am not sure about temporary files. However you can always clean them with CCleaner.

that would definitely be ideal if OP was just starting to use the PC, but it sounds like they have finished using it and are about to return it. Correct me if I'm wrong :)
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 10:29 AM

In that case OP should run CCleaner cleanup ticking all options available for Google Chrome. Later he should remove Google Chrome including the option to remove browsing data. 
 
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95319?hl=en
 

 

 
Then if you're paranoid, you should download tool like this one called Search Everything:
 
https://www.voidtools.com/
 
And do this:
 
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It should give you location of every folder named Google. Then simply right click on it and choose Open Path. Then you can delete folder named Google present on this location.

 

Doing the whole procedure is perhaps unnecessary, but should wipe 99.99% of Chrome related files.

 



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 10:32 AM

the search everything feature will also work for the other browsers.
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 11:00 AM

Yeah, except Internet Explorer that can't be uninstalled on the conventional way.

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 04:57 PM

But folks can always choose not to use Internet Explorer. :wink:
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:54 PM

But folks can always choose not to use Internet Explorer. :wink:

Indeed, and it seems that the OP is not according to the first post.
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Posted 08 April 2016 - 04:43 AM

Thanks all. The Search everything looks a bit intimidating (for me anyway). Do you think just ccleaner would be enough?



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Posted 08 April 2016 - 04:50 AM

Yes, this tool is very powerful and not recommended for beginners. I am pretty sure CCleaner will do the job.



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Posted 08 April 2016 - 05:11 AM


While CCleaner is safe and useful for removing temporary, privacy related and junk files, I do not, recommend using the built-in registry cleaning feature unless you have a good understanding of the registry. In fact, Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons.

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Posted 08 April 2016 - 09:46 AM

While CCleaner is safe and useful for removing temporary, privacy related and junk files, I do not, recommend using the built-in registry cleaning feature unless you have a good understanding of the registry. In fact, Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons.


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^ this. No browser stores history in the registry anyway.
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Posted 08 April 2016 - 01:46 PM

Other folks reading this topic may give CCleaner a try, get curious and give the registry cleaner a try...hence the warning.
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