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How can I completely erase any search history on my laptop? I've deleted cookies and files,but still comes up?

I have recently installed Google Desktop and it shows all of the sites I've checked, I want to make sure that there is no trace of internet history on a company computer - what is the best way to do this? Thanks!

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    Many people keep sensitive information on shared computers, and have an interest in keeping data private. Windows records a number of user activities in log files. These logs, or histories, can be deleted by users concerned about privacy issues. While bought software can erase history logs, below steps will equip you to do it yourself for free.

    The usage tracks we will be erasing:

    * Internet, Cookies and Search History.

    * Recently opened documents.

    * Save History.

    * Run History.


    This guide shows the manual way to delete your usage history tracks. For other methods that are usually faster and easier, consider having a program do the work for you. One program which appears to automate most/all of the following manual steps is CCleaner. If you want to do it yourself, complete the following steps.


    Delete internet history, cookies, temp files and saved form data.

    For Internet Explorer users:

    * Bring up Internet Options from the Tools menu, then select "Delete all...". Alternatively delete individual items, using the History Pane accessible from the toolbar button.

    * Delete cookies - In the same IE Internet Options window, select Delete Cookies. Alternatively delete individual items, accessible using the View Files button.

    * Delete temp files - In the same IE Internet Options window, select Delete Files. See Tips for how to manage temporary files.

    * Delete saved form and password data by clicking on AutoComplete on the Content tab in Internet Options. Cover your tracks by clicking on the Clear Forms and Clear Passwords buttons.

    For Firefox Users:

    * Use the ctrl-shift-delete key combination and check the list for what you want to delete (cookies, passwords, form and password data, temp files). Alternatively delete individual items, go to the Tools menu and click Options > Privacy > Cookies > View Cookies to choose which ones to keep and delete.


    Delete history information stored in the registry: Opened & Saved documents; Search history & Run history. Spybot Search & Destroy is a free tool which can remove registry stored histories. Install Spybot.

    * Run Spybot, and click Check for Problems. Wait for the report. When it appears, right-click a found entry and click Select All. Alternatively, in the report, select individual usage tracks for deletion. Some you may wish to keep.

    * Find the high-up button called Fix All Problems. Registry tracks are now deleted.


    Recognize that at this point all your PC's standard histories are now erased. Only true privacy enthusiasts will want to complete the following additional steps to delete the hidden history files. XP's hidden history files (index.dat files) are encoded in hexadecimal, not as text, so only the hackers amongst us will ever read them. Should you wish to erase these tracks, continue, perhaps most users would not need to.


    Bring up an Explorer window listing all your computer's "index.dat" files. To do this, in Windows Explorer right-click C:\ drive and click Search, then For Files & Folders. Click option All Files & Folders, and enter "index.dat" in the Filename field.

    Before searching, check the following options using the More Advanced Options line:

    * Search System Files

    * Search Hidden Files & Folders

    * Search Subfolders


    When searching completes you have a list of the hidden index.dat files on your computer.


    Overwrite the History contained in your target index.dat file, using a hex file editor such as PS Pad. Install PS Pad.

    * Right-click an index.dat from your previous search results and choose "PSPad Hex" in the content menu. It will open for editing in hex mode. The screenshot shows an example file listing a history of opened Office files.

    * Ensure you are not editing in Read-Only mode by trying to type a zero in the first field. Read-Only mode can be toggled on and off in the file menu of PSPad.

    * Overwrite each position in the file with zeroes (0), by navigating to the first entry and then just holding down the zero key. If you wish to overwrite specific lines in the file, then just navigate to a line using the scroll bar. The screenshot shows the same file overwritten with zeroes.

    * Save the file.

    * Do the same to any other "index.dat" file you wish to erase.


    Enjoy deleted user tracks.

    TIPS ::

    * If you don't want to complicate your life with manual tracks erasing, buy a program to do it for you such as CCleaner, East-Tec Eraser 2007, Evidence Eliminator, Tracks Eraser Pro, or Window Washer.

    * Set IE to automatically delete temporary files when it closes. The option can be found in the Advanced tab under IE's Tools/Internet Options menu item.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Get rid of the Google desktop. Your company likely has a policy against using it anyway due to the intrusive nature of toolbars.

    I'd suggest installing Firefox as your browser. In it you can set it to automatically delete all cookies, browsing history, temporary files etc... every time it closes (and to ask you first).

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    dont know what kind of information you're trying to hide.... just kidding but if you're using IE, try clearing auto complete found under content in internet options. Also if you have a router, clear the logs, good luck

  • 1 decade ago

    You shouldn't watch porn on the company's computer.

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