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How to completely delete internet history

UltimaFury

OSNN One Post Wonder
#1
I go to internet options and delete internet history and then i exit IE. but one day i got back on and checked by history and saw (by clicking the history icon on the IE toolbar) that my history that was supposedly deleted earlier was not deleted. :dead: Am i doing something wrong? Thanks
 

Johnny

.. Commodore ..
Political User
#2
you have to select everything there to delete.. About the best I can say though is this. If you want to delete things when the browser closes, Maxthon does a good job of it. Or, you can get Crap Cleaner. It deletes all the internet stuff plus some. You can go to the site here: www.ccleaner.com or but clicking hte icon in my sig ...
 

Johnny

.. Commodore ..
Political User
#5
did you select analyze, then select run cleaner ??? if you did it right. You should have got rid of everything ..
 

ray_gillespie

OSNN Veteran Addict
Political User
#6
I get this problem all the time at work, there is a way around it however! All you need to do, I think, is open up your history in IE. Right-click My Computer, and choose delete. Then close IE, run Ccleaner, and hopefully, the entire history will be clear. I have absolutely no idea why this happens, but since about 3 months ago I have had to do this to clear my history almost every time.

If that doesn't work then I don't know. :dead:
 

ming

OSNN Advanced
#7
Steganos Security Suite enables you to run the history cleaner plus many other cleaners such as temp files and recycle bin - either automatically when you close all IE browsers or when you click the one-touch shredder icon. To be safe, you can select different levels of shredding/overwriting with 0's and 1's to goverment standards.

http://www.steganos.de/?language=en&layout=default
 

mlakrid

OSNN BASSMASTER
Political User
#8
With regards to government standards there is no "standard" for erasing hard drives which have been used for storing classified information. They all have to be destroyed... what a waste...

:(

Mike A!
 
#11
Nuking Content.ie5

Bring up a command prompt. (Start, Run, cmd [Enter])
Navigate to the following directory (cd documents and settings....)
C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\

%username% being your username (sub it in)

Bring up Task Manager, go to processes tab. End Explorer.exe
Now use ALT+TAB to cycle back to your command prompt.

type in rd /s /q content.ie5
exit the command prompt
ALT+TAB to task manager - click on new task, and type in explorer.exe

:) Done. (not positive if History is stored in folder, but it nukes all the crap)

Personally, as suggested I now use CCleaner. So much more space.... so much.

Enjoy
 

LANDSER

Achtung soldat!
#12
Remember to delete your cookies too. A few ways to do that, simplest is Internet Options > Delete Cookies. Otherwise whatever your trying to hide may still be easily found.
 

tdinc

█▄█ ▀█▄ █
Political User
#13
As Zombie mentioned, ccleaner should wipe all history, cookies, ect...
it should work without having to reboot. no other means are necessary, ccleaner does it all....:)
 

Son Goku

No lover of dogma
#14
Some peeps have given some rather basic means to elliminate browser history. If you want to be doubly certain you can try E3 (not to be confused with Evidence Elliminator). You can find that here

http://radsoft.net/resources/software/reviews/ee/e3/

E3 The Evidence Eliminator Eliminator is all that Evidence Eliminator is - all that is missing is Bubba, a maxed out Registry, destructive stealth files, non-existent support and the price. In contrast to E-E, E3 works - it can defeat both forensic software and hardware - and it comes with Radsoft's renowned support.

...E3 The Evidence Eliminator Eliminator will perform the following tasks for you.

Eliminate Evidence-Eliminator.
Eliminate all the Recycle Bins.
Eliminate all junk files (you specify which regular expressions to search for).
Eliminate the App Log.
Eliminate TEMP.
Eliminate Recent - both on disk and in the Registry.
Eliminate the Run MRU.
Eliminate the Find MRUs.
Eliminate the typed URLs.
Eliminate Autocomplete information.
Eliminate Temporary Internet Files - including index.dat.
Eliminate History - including index.dat.
Eliminate Cookies - including index.dat.
Eliminate Outlook's Deleted Items.dbx and Sent Items.dbx.
Eliminate the Media Player MRU.
Eliminate NC3 typed URLs.
Eliminate the NC cache.
Eliminate NC history (netscape.dat, netscape.hst).
Eliminate NC cookies (cookies.txt).
Eliminate NC's prefs.js and liprefs.js.
Eliminate NC SNM files.
Eliminate NC's email "Trash" folder.
Eliminate NC's email "Sent" folder.
Eliminate system Registry backups.
There's a whole list of programs it eliminates the junk left behind by as well. This is assuming it's your computer/hard drive and you have access to install software. If it's another computer you're using, the best bet would be to grab a Knoppix CD (if the previous mentioned methods of history removal aren't what you're looking for), and just boot up into Knoppix.
 

Johnny

.. Commodore ..
Political User
#15
Son Goku said:
If it's another computer you're using, the best bet would be to grab a Knoppix CD (if the previous mentioned methods of history removal aren't what you're looking for), and just boot up into Knoppix.
Or, you could use bartpe ..
 

controlhistory

OSNN One Post Wonder
#18
Hi,
My company has created a product that could solve this problem. Our software, ControlHistory allows you to selectively or completely delete your history. You can download it from ControlHistory.com. It supports
IE (ver. 6+)
Firefox (ver. 3+)
Chrome (ver. 1+)
Google Desktop Search
Many programs like MS Word, Excel, Acrobat Reader, WinRAR, 7-Zip, etc. that save their history in the Registry.

You can use the software for free to view your history but to be able to delete it you need a license. The cost of a license is USD 0.99 (99 cents).
 
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gonaads

Beware the G-Man
Political User
#19
With regards to government standards there is no "standard" for erasing hard drives which have been used for storing classified information. They all have to be destroyed... what a waste...

:(

Mike A!
If you format your hard drive, it should get rid of everything for you :cool:
Shotgun works better, 12 gauge buck shot, loads of fun. :D

Well, not if you wanted to reuse the HDD. :p
 

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