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How Do I Completely Delete My Browsing History?


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#1 wwejosh

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 09:29 AM

Hello.
I want to delete my browsing history, so it is 100% impossible to see my browsing history.
What do I need to do this(specifically this nothing else, easy to use, no side effects, possibly for just one user)?

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 11:37 AM

What browser/version are you using?
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 07:10 AM

Hi thanks for your reply jgweed.
My browser is Firefox.

Thanks mate.

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 07:28 AM

Check out CCleaner. It's a great little freeware program that will clean temporary files, URL history, cookies and download history in Firefox.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 08:52 AM

Hi thanks mate.
So in using this program will that make my browsing history 100% impossible to view?

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 09:18 AM

It should do the trick. In the settings of CCleaner there is an option to securely delete the information. What this means is that not only does it delete the files in question, but it also overwrites that section of your HDD numerous times, making it next to impossible to retrieve anything.
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Posted 24 January 2007 - 11:14 AM

BE VERY CAREFUL using any cleaning application! Unless you are very careful, they can often candidate files that should not be deleted.

For Firefox:

Tools/Clear Private Data will bring you to a drop down menu that gives you choices about what to delete (be careful about mass-deleting cookies, since some of them are needed).

For a longer-term solution:

Tools/Options/Privacy tab: change the "remember visited page" to zero days. Under Private Data, check "always clear...when closing Firefox" and use "settings" to choose which kind of data to clear.

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 07:15 PM

Firefox's built in cleaner and ccleaner and even my own temp file cleaner, ATF Cleaner, will not make them 100% unrecoverable. They will make them so you can't see them with a normal file search.

The data is still there. The only way to truly get rid of it is to write 0's to the freespace on the drive after you have deleted everything and even then there is a chance that some stuff is still recoverable.

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 07:57 PM

By the way, Atribunes ATF Cleaner he mentions can be found here.

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