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Clear the Windows Run History (recently run programs)

April 29, 2009 by admin · 2 Comments 

Most of us use the “run” option in the start menu to open programs. If you are using a public computer such as in a cyber café, office or any other establishment, other users can easily see what programs you have used from the run history dialog box. Windows tracks all the programs you run using the “run” option in the start menu and store it as a list. Others who have access to the computer can easily access the programs that you tried to run using the run option. You have to compromise your privacy, if you do not clear the windows run history. You can clear Windows run history manually or using some special software. Nowadays, several software products are available in the market which can help you in cleaning the run history easily.

Why you should clean the Windows run history?

It is recommended to erase Windows run history before leaving the computer because any other people who have access to the computer can see the list of programs that you have used. If you are a person who gives at most importance to privacy then you have to clean the Windows run history on daily basis.

Where the Windows run history stored?

Windows run history includes the programs and files you recently run using the “run” option in the start menu. Usually, the Windows run history is stored in the registry in the location:
“HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerRunMRU.”

How to erase Windows run history ?

If you are a person who uses the “run” option in the start menu frequently to open programs, you will see a run history on the run list. The run history contains all the previous commends you have typed in the “run” text filed. Same as the autocomplete feature, this run history also save your time by eliminating the need for typing a command or path that you have previously typed.

If you are using a private computer then this feature is good for you. Otherwise, it will seriously affect your privacy. You can manually erase the Windows run history by editing the registry. Follow the steps below to do so:

• Click the “Start” button on the bottom left of the screen.
• Select “Run” from the list.
• Type “regedit” in the text filed and press enter to run the registry editor.
• Go to the location: “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerRunMRU.” You can see the list of programs you have run using run command in the right panel of the window.
• Select the program you want to delete and click “delete” or select edit -> delete.
• Click “Yes” to confirm.
• Close the registry editor to continue.

You have to restart Windows to apply the changes. Do not edit registry, if you do not have a good idea about what you are going to do. If you change the registry settings incorrectly, it may corrupt the operating system. It is better to take a backup of the registry before making any changes in the registry. If anything goes wrong, you can restore the computer to the previous state with the help of the backup.

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How to Clear Start Menu Programs

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When you search files using “search option” in the start menu, Windows keeps the information regarding the last files you have searched and the items you have searched on those files. Any others who use this function can easily see what you have searched for and this will affect your privacy and security. You can see the ‘Files & Folders’ and ‘Computers’ search history when you open the “search results” window (Start  Search  Files & Folders or Start  Search  Computers). In some cases, the search history is not visible in the “Search results” window. But, it will be there in the windows registry and can be accessed easily.

What is Windows Start Menu Run history?

When you open a program from the “start menu”, windows stores the date and number of times you used the program as an encrypted database. If you are a person who takes care of your privacy and security then it is required to erase user assist data regularly. If you do not delete the UserAssist data, it also affects the performance of the system. When the number of entries in the registry increases, it slows down the system performance.

Windows stores full run history in the registry location:

“HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist”

How to erase windows start menu run history (recently opened programs)?

As all of us know, Windows keeps a list of last searched files using the “search” option in the start menu. This will affect your privacy, if you are a person who likes to keep your files and documents private. It is recommended to clear the start menu run history before leaving the computer, especially when you use a public computer in an internet café or office. Otherwise, others who have access to the computer can easily see what files and document you searched for in the computer. You can erase start menu run history both manually and using some special software. Several software products are now available in the market which can easily erase start menu run history.

How to erase start menu run history on Windows Vista:

Follow the below instructions to erase the recently run programs list from your computer with Windows Vista as the operating system.

•    Click the “start” button on the bottom left position of the screen.
•    Select “settings” from the list
•    Click on ‘Taskbar and Start Menu Properties’ on the right panel.
•    Click to open ‘Start menu’ tab.
•    Select ‘Customize’.
•    Click the “clear” button to erase all the recently run programs.
•    Click “ok” to proceed with the process of clearing start menu run history.

How to erase start menu run history on Windows XP:

Follow the below instructions to erase the recently run programs list from your computer with Windows XP as the operating system.

•    Right click on the “start” button on the bottom left of the screen.
•    Select “properties” from the list
•    Click on “Start menu” tab.
•    Select ‘Customize’.
•    Click the “clear” button to erase all the recently run programs.
•    Click “ok” to go forward with the process of clearing start menu run history.

Editor’s Comment:

It is no longer necessary to clear start menu programs manually.
Now there is software that can automatically clear all your start menu programs  for you.
For a list of the ones we’ve found to work the best, be sure to read this article on Privacy Software.

How to Clear Temporary Folders (temporary files directory)

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Windows Temporary Folder keeps temporary files of Windows and other programs. If you do not delete the temporary folders in time, it will become cluttered. This folder usually stores the temp files of programs that you have installed, files from programs you no longer have installed, temp files from web pages and files which can violate your privacy.

Where is Temporary Internet Files folder located?

Each and every version of Windows have Temporary Internet Files folder, but the location of this folder may differ from version to version.

If your system is installed with Windows Vista, you can find the Temporary Internet Files Folder in either of in these locations

C:UsersAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet Files C:UsersAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsTemporary Internet FilesLow

If your system is installed with Windows XP/2000 then you can find Temporary Internet Files Folder in the below location:

C:Documents and SettingsLocal SettingsTemporary Internet Files

If you are using Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT or Windows 95 then the Temporary Internet Files Folder will be there in either of the below locations:

C:WindowsTemporary Internet Files or C:WindowsProfilesTemporary Internet Files

Note: The main thing to note is that in your computer the Windows may not be installed in the “C” drive, it may be in some other drive. In this case you have to look at the drive in which the Windows directory exists to find out the Temporary Internet Files Folder.

In most cases, the temporary files are automatically closed and deleted when you quit the Windows session. If you quit Windows in an irregular way such as restarting the Windows or turning off the computer while it was running, the temporary files will not be closed or deleted.

How to erase Windows temporary files Folder manually?

Windows Temporary files are used to store the data of the running programs and these files are stored in the temporary files folder. You can erase the temporary files folder either manually or using some special software. Several software products are now available online to ease the temporary files folder. Most of the temp files got deleted automatically when you exit the program you run. Some of the temporary files created may remain undeleted in the hard disc drive due to the irregular shut down or restart.

Follow the below steps to erase Windows Temporary Files folder, if you are a Windows XP/2000/ME/NT/98/95 or Windows 95 user:

• Open “start” menu on the left bottom of the screen.
• Select “search” on the list which appears.
• Then select “For Files or folders” on the right panel of ‘search’.
• Choose “All files and folders”.
• In the file name filed type “*.tmp” to find out the files with “tmp” extension.
• Click “Search Now”
• Delete all the temporary files that appear in the right panel.

Most of the temporary files have “.tmp” extension and begins with (~). Some temp files come with other extensions instead of “.tmp”. You cannot delete these files easily by searching for “*.tmp”. It is better to delete the temp files by directly entering the temporary files directory or using some other special software available.

Editor’s Comment:

It is no longer necessary to erase your temporary folders history manually.
There is a new type of software that can automatically erase all temporary files for you.
For a list of the ones we’ve found to work the best, be sure to read this article on Internet Erasing Software.

How To Clear Recently the Opened Documents File In Windows

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Windows always keeps a record of documents and files that you have opened recently. Others who use your computer can easily access your documents and files you worked with and can change them without your permission. So, always make sure that you erased the recent documents list before leaving the computer, especially when you are using a public computer in a cyber café or any other establishments. You can erase the recent documents list either manually or using any of the special software available. Several software products are now available online that can remove the recent document list and thereby protect your privacy and security.

Why you should clean recent documents list?

Each and every document you open can be easily accessed from the “Document” tab in the start menu. If you are person who gives at most importance to your privacy and security then clear recently opened documents list every time you leave the computer. Otherwise you have to compromise your privacy and security because others can easily take the files you accessed and make changes to your data without your permission.

How to clean recent documents list on Windows XP/2000?

How to erase recent documents on Windows XP?

Follow the below instruction to erase recently used documents list in Windows XP:

•    Make a right click on the “start” menu button on the left bottom of the screen.
•    Click on the “Properties”.
•    Then select the “Customize” option.
•    Select the “Advanced” tab.
•    Click “Clear List” to clear the recent documents folder.
•    Click “ok” to proceed.

Note: This action deletes the recent documents list only; it won’t delete the original document.

How to erase recent documents on Windows 2000?

Follow the below instruction to erase recently used documents list in Windows 2000:

•    Click the start menu on the left bottom of the screen.
•    Select “settings” from the list.
•    Then select “Taskbar & Start Menu” from the right panel which appears.
•    Select the “advanced” tab.
•    Click “clear” button on the customize start menu area.
•    Click “ok” to move forward.

How to erase recent documents and recent items on Windows Vista?

You can see a list of recently used files in the “recent items” which is situated on the right side of the “start” menu. Recent Items will get installed with the Windows Vista as default; you can remove it to stop the operating system from storing the details of the recently opened documents. You can also replace the option back to action whenever you need. Once it becomes active, it will store list of recently opened documents and files again.

How to clear recently opened documents list on Windows Vista (Standard Start Menu)?

You can remove the documents and files history by following the steps below:

•    Click the “start” button on the left bottom of the screen.
•    Right click ‘Recent items’ on the list.
•    Click ‘Clear Recent Items List’ to remove the documents and files history.

How to erase recently opened documents on Windows Vista Classic Start Menu?

You can remove the documents and files history by following the steps below:

•    Click the “start” button on the left bottom of the screen.
•    Choose “settings” on the list.
•    Click on ‘Taskbar and Start Menu’.
•    Select ‘Start menu’ tab
•    Select ‘Customize’.
•    Click “Clear” button to remove the documents and files history.
•    Click “ok” to proceed.

Editor’s Comment:

It is no longer necessary to erase your search history manually.
Now there is software that can automatically erase all your search history for you.
For a list of the ones we’ve found to work the best, be sure to read this article on Internet Erasing Software.

How Firefox Search History can be Erased Permanently?

April 29, 2009 by admin · 1 Comment 

What is Search History?

As all of us know, the computer tracks all our activities while browsing the internet. Using the stored files such as cookies, history file, graphics, cache and the back button of your browser, anybody can trace your surfing activities. If you do not like to disclose your activities during your surfing session, it is recommended to clear the search history before leaving the computer. You have to perform this task especially when you use a public computer in an internet café or office. If you didn’t clear the search history, your surfing data will stay stored in the computer and other people who have access to the computer can retrieve your surfing details including the images and videos that you have seen, files and documents that you accessed and lot more. It is better to take necessary steps to safeguard your privacy by erasing the search history before you leave the computer. You can clear the search history either manually or using special software which are available in the market.

How to erase Firefox search history?

You can easily erase Firefox search history manually. Make sure that you performed this task before leaving the computer.

You can follow the below mentioned instructions to clear the search history, if you are a Firefox 2.0 user.

* Choose the “Tools” menu from the top of the Firefox window.

* Choose “Options” on the bottom line of the dropdown list.

* Now, you have to select the second tab from right hand side named “Privacy”

* Click “Clear Now” button in the private area.

* A new window named “Clear Private Data” appears. Tick the check box with the caption “Saved form and Search History”.

* Click on “Clear Private Data Now” button.

* Click “ok” to end the process.

You can follow the below mentioned instructions to clear the search history, if you are a Firefox 1.x user.

* Select the “Tools” menu from the top of the Firefox window.

* Select “Options” on the bottom line of the dropdown list.

* Now, you have to select the second tab from right hand side named “Privacy”

* Click the “Saved Forms” tab.

* Click “Clear Saved Form Data Now” button.

* Click “ok” and proceed.

Same as other browsers, Firefox stores the browsing history on your hard disk drive. Your private data will not be deleted permanently after clearing search history manually. The data which are erased manually can be retrieved easily by other people. So, it is one of the major concerns for people who are giving significant importance to their data security and privacy. It’s high time to find a reliable option that can erase Firefox search history completely. According to experts in this filed, it is better to use some special software to erase the search history from your computer. Several search history erasing software are now available on the market. Search history erasing software can help you in deleting all the personal data that are stored in your computer. Using a history erasing software, you can simply erase your personal data permanently. The software helps you to permanently remove search history, remove the cache and each and every track of the web pages that you have taken during your internet surfing.

Editor’s Comment:

It is no longer necessary to erase your search history manually.
Now there is software that can automatically erase all your search history for you.
For a list of the ones we’ve found to work the best, be sure to read this article on Internet Erasing Software.

How To Erase Autocomplete Data In Firefox

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What is Autocomplete Data?

Firefox stores all the information you type in a webpage using a special feature named AutoComplete. Every keystroke you make on a webpage or form during your surfing session will be stored in the computer including your name, e-mail address, password, user names, credit card information and all the things you tried to search in any of the search engines. AutoComplete is feature that can help you, but at the same time it can make harm to you. When you enter information in any of the web page form, autocomplete can help you by suggesting best possible matches of the word you are typing in a drop down list. The only thing you have to do at this time is simply select the appropriate word and press enter key. The correct word will appear in the box and this feature can save you time and effort.

When considering the case of security and privacy, autocomplete is not a good option for those who want to keep their information private. Most of the experts suggest disabling the autocomplete option in your computer or erasing the autocomplete history before leaving the computer, especially after using a public computer in an internet café or office. The main issue with autocomplete option is that others who have access to the computer can easily see and take the information that you need to keep private including your name, e-mail address, password, user names, credit card information and all the things you tried to search in any of the search engines.

Several malicious software products are now available in the internet for free. Using this type of software, one can retrieve your autocomplete data and even your passwords. So always keep in mind that it is better to erase the autocomplete data form before leaving the computer. You can erase it manually or using some special software available in the market. Manually erasing autocomplete data is not a good idea because all the information you enter will be stored in index.dat files. Software only can erase index.dat file, as this file is used by the operating system all the time.

How to remove Autocomplete data manually in Firefox?

How to erase autocomplete data data in Firefox 2.0?

• Select the “Tools” menu on the top of the Firefox window.
• Choose “Options” from the dropdown list appear after clicking.
• Click the second tab named “Privacy” on the new pop-up window
• Click “Clear Now” button on the private area.
• A new window “Clear Private Data” appears.
• Put check mark on the check box labeled “Saved form and Search History”
• Click “Clear Private Data Now” button on the same window.
• Click “OK” to proceed.

How to erase autocomplete data in Firefox 1.5?

• Select the “Tools” menu on the top of the Firefox window.
• Choose “Options” from the dropdown list appear after clicking.
• Click the second tab named “Privacy” on the new pop-up window
• Select on the “Saved Forms” tab.
• Click on “Clear Saved Form Data Now” button.
• Click “OK” to complete the process.

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How to Erase Passwords In Firefox

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Does Firefox save passwords?

Firefox records all the information you type in a web page form including your name, password, e-mail address, credit card information and keywords you search in search engines. If you are a person who likes to keep your private data secret, then this would be a problem for you because others who access the computer can retrieve your private data easily. So, it is recommended to clear the password history in Firefox before you leave the computer you use. You should take extra care when you use public computers in browsing centers, offices or any other institutions. Firefox saves all your keystrokes in web page forms as autocomplete data. This feature has several positive points and at the same time there are some negative points too when we take security and privacy into consideration. You can’t keep your private data such as your name, password, e-mail address, credit card information and keywords you enter in search engines secret, if the autocomplete feature is enable on your computer. Several malicious software products are now available which can even retrieve your password stored in the autocomplete date. So, it is recommended to erase saved password history before leaving the computer. You can erase passwords either manually or using some other third party software.

Why you have to remove stored password?

All the web browsers including Firefox records all the keystrokes you make on each web page, if the autocomplete feature is enabled. As all of us know, autocomplete is a very helpful feature that Firefox have. When we type in web pages the autocomplete option gives us some best possible options in a dropdown list. So, we can select the accurate word from the list and save our valuable time. The autocomplete feature is helpful for us, but it may sometimes unfavorably affect security and privacy. If your password and usernames are stored in the computer, others who have access to the computer can easily login to the corresponding websites. They can even retrieve the password using some special malicious software which is available in the internet for free. So, always remember to erase the password history before you leave the computer, especially when you use public computers in browsing centers or any other offices.

How do I stop storing passwords in Firefox?

  • Choose “tools” menu and click “options”.
  • Select the “privacy” tab on the new window.
  • Then open “saved passwords” category.
  • Remove the mark on the check box named “remember passwords”.
  • Click “OK” to continue.

How to manually erase stored passwords in Firefox?

How to erase passwords in Firefox 2.0:

  • Choose “tools” menu and click “options”.
  • Select the “privacy” tab on the new window.
  • Click “clear now’ button in the private area.
  • Then put a check mark on check box corresponding to the “Saved Passwords” and click “clear private data now” button.
  • Click “OK” to proceed.

How to erase passwords in Firefox 1.5:

  • Choose “tools” menu and click “options”.
  • Select the “privacy” tab on the new window.
  • Select “passwords” tab and then click “view saved passwords” button.
  • Click “password saved” tab.
  • Click “remove all” button for erasing all passwords. Otherwise, select the specific password you want to erase and click “remove” button.
  • Click “OK” to proceed.

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How To Erase URL History In Firefox…

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What is URL history?

When you surf through the internet, Firefox records all the details about the websites you visit. Firefox stores all the web addresses you type in the address bar and make a list of websites you visited throughout your surfing. If you are a person who likes to keep your surfing habits secret, it is not good to keep web addresses stored in the browser. You must clean the URL History before leaving the computer, if you really want to keep your browsing history secret. Otherwise, each and every visitors can access the websites you visited by simply clicking the down arrow on the top right position of the address bar. If you use a public computer in an internet café or any other institution, others who have access to your computer can easily access the websites you visited in the previous session. The websites you visit will appear in a dropdown list when others users type URL in the address bar. It is recommended to erase the url history before leaving the computer to keep your browsing history private. You can erase url history either manually or using any other URL History erasing software available in the market.

How to erase Firefox url history manually?

How to remove URL History in Firefox 2.0 Manually:

  • Choose “tools” menu which is on the top of Firefox browser.
  • Select “options” tab from the bottom of the dropdown list appear.
  • Select “privacy” tab on the newly appeared “options” window.
  • Click “clear now” button on the private area.
  • A new window named “clear private data” appears, put check mark on the check box corresponding to “browsing history”.
  • Click “clear private data now” button.
  • Click “ok” to proceed.

How to remove URL History in Firefox 1.5 Manually:

  • Choose “tools” menu which is on the top of Firefox browser.
  • Select “options” tab from the bottom of the dropdown list appear.
  • Select “privacy” tab on the newly appeared “options” window.
  • Open the “history” tab on the same window.
  • Click “clear browsing history now” button.
  • Click “ok” to go forward.

Erasing URL History is not fully effective to keep your data private. Others can easily access your surfing history by accessing the index.dat file. All the information regarding the websites you visit during the browsing session is stored in this file.

How to remove index.dat file in Firefox?

Index.dat file records all your activities during your browsing session. Others who have access to your computer can easily retrieve your browsing habits from the index.dat file. It is not possible to manually remove this file because this file is always used by the operating system. Erasing the browser history, cache and cookies is not effective to keep your surfing habit private because all the contents are stored in the index.dat file. Several special software products are now available to erase the contents in index.dat file. It is recommended to seek the help of one of those software products to keep your surfing history always private.

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How To Erase Cookies in Firefox…

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How to How To Erase Cookies in Firefox

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of information that websites write and store on your computer in the form of text. Certain websites search for its cookies in your hard disk drive when ever you visit those websites. These websites use the cookies as a source to find out your shopping favorites, your name and all other important information regarding you. All browsers stores the cookies in the file name “cookie.txt” and all the browsers send back the cookies stored in the system when you revisit the website. Information such as the number of visit to a particular website, how long you took to visit throughout the website, your login information and some important information regarding your computer can be retrieved from the cookies stored in your computer.

Where the cookies are stored?

Cookies are often stored in the user hard disk drive. The files name in which cookies are stored in the computer changes according to the operating system used. If you use Windows Operating Systems, you can see cookies stored in text format.

Are there different kinds of cookies?

There are two different kinds of cookies available, temporary cookies and permanent cookies. Temporary cookies are those which are stored in the system while you use a website or program and automatically get deleted immediately once you close the application. Also known as persistent cookies, permanent cookies are stored in your hard disk drive permanently.

Where you can see the cookies?

Location of the cookies may change based on the operating system used. In Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT and Windows 95, you can see cookies in either of the locations mentioned below:

i) C:WindowsCookies
ii) C:WindowsProfilesCookies

If you are a Windows XP or Windows 2000 user, you can see cookies in C:Documents and SettingsCookies.

How To Erase Cookies in Firefox

Clear Cookies in Firefox 2.0

• Select “Tools” from the top of the browser.
• Select “Options” from the list.
• Select “Privacy” tab.
• Click “Clear Now” button on the private area.
• In “Clear Private Data” window put the check mark on the corresponding check box to “Cookies”
• Click “Clear Private Data Now” button.
• Click “OK” to go forward.

Clear Cookies in Firefox 1x

• Select “Tools” from the top of the browser.
• Select “Options” from the list.
• Select “Privacy” tab.
• Open “Cookies” tab.
• Click “Clear Cookies Now” button.
• Click “ok” to proceed.

How to disable cookies in Firefox?

Disable cookies in Firefox 2.0

• Select “Tools” from the top of the browser
• Choose “Options”
• Choose “Privacy” tab”
• Remove the check mark on the check box corresponding to the “Accept cookies” field
• Click “ok” to proceed.

Disable cookies in Firefox 1.x

• Select “Tools” from the top of the browser
• Choose “Options”
• Choose “Privacy” tab”
• Select the view cookies in the “Cookies” area
• Remove the check mark on the check box corresponding to the “Allow sites to set cookies”.
• Click “ok” to continue.

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Erase Windows Address Bar History

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erase windows address bar history
How do I erase the web addresses that show up in the address bar of Internet Explorer?

For instance, if I start to type in an address with a “V” then a dropdown window appears with past addresses with a “V”. I want to erase these to get rid of “evidence” from visiting these sites.

I have already deleted “history” and “cookies” in the Tools>Internet Options palette.

Help!

In WinXP right click on the the task bar, click properties, start menu, customize, under properties click clear list.
another good way is to use a spybot or adaware.

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